Waterwise Gardening
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Earth: It is sometimes called a “water planet” because 75% of its surface is covered with water. But of all this water, surprisingly, only a tiny 1% is available in the form of pure, clean water that the entire population of the planet can use for everything from drinking and bathing to cooking and watering.

But as the population increases, the demand for this limited amount of water also increases. And about 25-40% of our daily consumption goes to irrigation of our lawns and landscapes. According to the EPA, almost 50% of them are wasted.

Joe, Patty and Nathan reveal dramatic facts and make suggestions on how to reduce the amount of water waste without having a significant impact on our lifestyle. However, these seemingly minor changes will have a significant impact on the planet.

Joe visits California Nan Sterman to find out how she manages her garden to get this valuable resource. An outstanding horticulturist, designer, recognized speaker and award-winning author, Nan specializes in water-related approaches to creating beautiful gardens. She is also the host of the Growing Passion program on television.

In your own garden at home, Nan offers ideas and suggestions for creating a landscape that is not only beautiful, but also less dependent on water. She talks about the need to understand your climate and look for suitable plants for it. No matter where you do gardening, the principles are the same; use plants that work.

When Nan needs watering, she uses recycled and more efficient drip irrigation nozzles in her garden. Hydrozoning and using the “Canary test” are two more practices she likes to report.

She also discusses an important concept that many of us never relate to. Water consumption is directly related to energy consumption, and she explains how to do it.

We will then visit Eagle Song, a gardener at Willows Lodge near Seattle, where a tropical garden has been carefully laid out to reduce the impact of water moving across the surface of the Earth. The house is located right on the river, so its protection is extremely important.

Rain gardens are very effective in softening the flow of water and, thanks to their penetrating effect, they purify from harmful substances and chemicals that got with it. Plants associated with tropical gardens can withstand periods of wet and dry soil and be designed as a beautiful space. Willows Lodge’s tropical garden also serves as a pond.

Popular drought-resistant plants are herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage. If you grow them in your garden at home, they are also delicious in the kitchen. Today, Chef Nathan prepares two main dishes from different types of meat in your life.

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