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More about movies and watering.

Ok I've added videos the the Ribes page and the Sage page.
You can listen to my boring monotones talking about some of the plants.
I've managaged to get maybe 100 of them done,. Took forever to figure out how to do it, but the little videos are rather nice.

What is it about watering?


In California the 'normal' rainfall pattern is about one day a week from December to April. It doesn't rain in summer. To establish plants we'll commonly water 1/week for the first few months, even all the first summer. Why would anyone think the plants want to be watered 3 times a day, 24 hours once a month, or on drip for 3 minutes a day? No one seems to have any common sense. Even the new plants do not want to be water boarded, almost drowned and then allowed to breath. They need air even when you're watering them.
After the first summer the native dryland species probably do not need water, the wetland species always need water. If you're in the desert or Bakersfield the plants need extra winter water to increase the rainfall to 15-20 inches.
USE a shovel and check what your watering is doing. Watering 1 inch deep repeatedly is just as sad as watering each plant 1000 gallons once a month.
Apache Plume, Fallugia paradoxa in the desert. - grid24_6
This is dry. Most yards are not that dry. But the desert still has green plants and flowers.
This photo was out by Death Valley.
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