Having recently moved from the beautiful Northeastern USA, to the quite picturesque Desert Southwest, I am having a time trying to adapt my New England landscaping style to this desert clime. I bought a book “Extreme Gardening” which details plants and shrubbery that do well in this climate but gives little help with watering systems and the like.
Scene: Our backyard is roughly 3/4 of an acre. Pool in lower centre, some grass and lot’s of desertification around the outskirts. Translation: a shit load of desert stone, saguaro, prickly pear and various desert scrub.
I’ve quardened off a large section dug 2 ft into the creosote (sp?) and had 4 cubic tons of soil put in. I had a watering system integrated at my own design and now I am working with a blank slate. I’ve put up a large (24X15) overhang where I have boganvilla starting to snake up the sides. I’m hoping to make a nice water feature and little sanctuary inside this covered area.
Any ideas on watering systems with renewable water sources? Reverse Osmosis machine perhaps? Filtered drainage water from the laundry or kitchen/ bath sinks? I’m trying to go as green as I can. We’ve just dumped a big chunk of change into a solar energy system…that will hopefully pay for itself in 5 yrs or so… Things I’ve learned are -> keep it simple, recycle all you can, and live with the earth as best you can. Now I’m not a tree hugg’in full on vegan nazi, but doing our part to aid the environment around us is not such a bad thing.