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OUTLINE FOR COLORFUL, WATER-WISE PLANTS AND SOIL PREPARATION WORKSHOP

Prepared for the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency By Heidi K Johnson, ACCN-Pro 8 April 2006

  • I.

    INTRODUCTION

  • b.

    Speaker

Heidi K Johnson, ACCN-Pro Phone/FAX: (408) 863-0236

    • B.

      Topic

      • 1.

        Why bother?

        • b.

          Save water - obvious

        • c.

          Success!

      • 2.

        Today - How to have a beautiful, healthy garden AND save water

        • a.

          Soil - the foundation

        • b.

          Plants - proper plant selection is key

  • II.

    SOIL

  • A.

    Affected by Climate (Mediterranean)

    • 1.

      Drought is normal

    • 2.

      Winter rains - summer dry

    • 3.

      We are fortunate - almost anything grows

    • 4.

      Less water results in > alkalinity and clay

  • B.

    Clay Soil

    • 1.

      Advantages

      • a.

        Holds moisture

      • b.

        Holds nutrients

    • 2.

      Disadvantages

      • a.

        Poor drainage

      • b.

        Native (and Med. etc.) can take little or no summer water

  • C.

    Amendment

    • 1.

      Plants native to conditions (some riparian!) need only loosened soil

    • 2.

      Add compost

      • a.

        Terminology compost manures (steer, chicken, bat guano …) mulch (rock, bark, gorilla hair, cocoa hulls …)

      • b.

        Types of compost

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