CLIMATE-WISE GARDENING

 

Water wisely

Front Range water supplies are already stretched thin. Population growth and climate change will make this worse.

To get the most out of your water:

  • Add organic matter to your soil, so it will hold water longer for your plants.
  • Choose xeric plants which can survive a drought and need less water.
  • Group plants with similar water needs together in the same
    irrigation zone.
  • Choose water conserving grass, such as buffalo or blue grama for low-traffic areas.
  • Mulch with wood chips to conserve soil moisture.
  • Change difficult-to-water areas (steep slopes, narrow strips,
    corners, along fences) to ground covers with drip or soaker hoses.

Xeric Bed Sue Rigdon’s
xeric flowerbed

(left of path) is watered twice a week for 20 minutes with micro-spray drip sprinklers. Mulch around her plants conserves soil moisture.

 

Hell StripJean Morgan
never waters her “hell-strip” along the alley.
The native plants there like that just fine.

Prairie Smoke Plant
Geum Triflorum

White Pussy-toes Antennaria Parvifolia

 

 

 

 

Cure Organic FarmCURE Organic Farm pumps ditch water through drip tape to water efficiently. CURE can grow vegetables all season long because they have water for the entire growing season. Not all Boulder farmers have as good a water supply as CURE. Without water in the late summer, those farmers can’t grow crops like corn or vegetables.

Terraced deckInstead of unsuccessfully trying to grow lawn here, Sue Rigdon terraced and
decked her steep slope. This flowery retreat uses much less water than
a lawn.