A recent study showed that it would take 50 straight days of nonstop rain to refill California’s water reservoirs. Simply put, we need a storm of Biblical proportions in order to take us out of this extreme drought! NASA’s report that we only have enough water to sustain current levels of use for one year hit the plant nursery industry like a freight train of despair, and has been the catalyst that we needed for people to really come to terms with what is likely to be the defining drought of our generation. The California lifestyle and landscape needs to change, and change is hard to accept. Do we really need to give up what has been considered a mild, tropical paradise, glamorized for 100 years in film and television? What about all the enormous expanses of lush green grass that dominate almost every single commercial building, home garden, campus and park in the entire state? What about the fact that we produce the lion’s share of all fruits and vegetables for the entire country? What do we do? How do we move forward?
The reality of us living in a desert is now staring us in the face. In Southern California our reliance on imported water is undeniable; we would simply cease to exist without the Colorado River and its system of reservoirs and aqueducts. With our water lifeline dwindling to all time lows, we must remind ourselves of the preciousness and importance of every last drop of water. With this drought, we have been given an opportunity to change and adapt, and we must learn to embrace what Southern California really is, A DESERT. We do not have to give up, we simply need to change.
We cannot just keep waiting and praying for rain. Sadly, many people I talk to have the mindset that this will just go away next year and will not persist. True, ignorance is bliss. Climate change is real and we are now seeing its effects on us; prolonged changes in weather that we are not prepared for. We really are taking this down to the wire, and without substantial action we will see a dramatic decline in many industries in California. Our Governor dropped the ball in his response to this drought, and we are at least a year behind where we should be in terms of saving and regulating water use. It is infuriating that someone would wait until our reservoirs are all down to less than half and our snowpack is only 5-10% of what it should be before actually calling on people to conserve. This is not a drought that we can buy our way out of. As much as people wish that this could be a slow and easy transition, that is simply not the case. We ALL need to pitch in and do our part to conserve water. NOW.
The horticulture industry is already changing, with several growers selling off their businesses, and many others changing what they grow to stay competitive. Prices have been increased across the board in preparation for soaring water (and labor) costs, and the trickle-down effect will be seen by consumers in the very near future. At Deep Roots, we have been ready for the drought since our inception. We were founded on the principle of sustainable, low water gardens that focus on Native plants, succulents, and the best selection of Mediterranean and desert plants from around the globe. This year, we are further refining our offerings, and will be discontinuing many plants that simply won’t make it in a low water garden, and expanding our line of natives, succulents, and edibles. While our water costs have not increased yet, they certainly will, and raising prices is something no retailer ever wants to do. For years we have absorbed price increases from our vendors, relying on increased volume to cover increased costs. This year, we have been greatly increasing our in-house production of plants to better our margins and stay off any price increases for you, our customers. Gardening is still alive and well, but you will need to get used to a new line up of plants and water saving techniques.
At Deep Roots, we are fully committed to keeping California beautiful in the new normal of less rain, higher costs, and strict regulations. We are fully stocked and exceedingly knowledgeable, and we will not be deterred by this drought. Instead, we embrace it as the opportunity for California to return to its roots and to usher in a new generation of responsible, conscious gardeners.
Jon Bell, Owner, Deep Roots Garden Center & Florist
Beat the drought with these
water saving techniques
|At Deep Roots we pride ourselves on our collection of Californian, South African, and Australian Natives. These plants, some of which are pictured below, are naturally adapted to long dry spells and will thrive on much less water than traditional plants. We carry South Bay’s best selection of low water plants and are highly knowledgeable on their care. |
Grevillea Peaches and Cream
|... and get paid to do it! ! The county is offering terrific rebates for removing turf and replacing it with low water alternatives, on average $2 per square foot, up to $4000! The average home uses 50-70% of its water on the garden, and half or more of that is just for grass.|
Manhattan Beach also offers a rebate of $2 per sq ft. up to a maximum of $4,000. There are rebates for other water saving strategies too at SoCalWater$mart.
Amend your soil...
...with compost or planting mixes to help retain water. Our sandy beach soil is a nice well drained base to start with, however, it does not retain water very long. Blend in compost at a rate of 50/50 with your existing soil to reduce watering by as much as half. You will need to reapply about once per season to maintain an adequate level of organic matter in the soil. Our LGM Planting Mix is a great blend of forest compost that will improve water retention and increase available nutrients to your plants. If you have clay soil, LGM Planting Mix will help to break it up and give the plants proper drainage.
Mulch around your plants ...
...with a thick layer of chipped or shredded bark to help insulate the soil and reduce evaporation rates. Apply up to 3 inches thick for best results, being careful not to bury the stems of your plants. Mulching also adds a very nice finished look to your garden. We have several types of mulch to suit your needs and all are untreated and natural products, and on average you can use up to 30% less water. Please avoid the color treated mulches that you see at big box stores as these have chemicals that can leach into the soil and they can be harmful to pets.
Convert your spray irrigation to drip irrigation....
There are drip irrigation products for every type of planting, even turf. Your existing irrigation can be easily and quickly retrofitted to drip for a huge savings on water. By using drip irrigation, water losses due to evaporation and runoff are essentially eliminated, and you can precisely direct water to plants and make sure that only the required amount of water is used. Our landscape department can convert your system to drip, and you can see water savings of up to 70%!
Install rain barrels...
...to harvest and store rain water. With so little rainfall it is imperative that we store as much as we can in our own gardens for future use. Any rain gutter that would normally direct rain from the roof to the garden or street can be modified to put that water into storage tanks. We carry recycled food shipping containers that have been converted to rain barrels, complete with a water spigot and screen to keep bugs out. They hold approximately 50 gallons, are made from food grade plastic, and will last for decades. Larger storage tanks are available that can be buried in the ground for some serious water storage. The Water District is offering rebates of up to $75 for rain barrels. Don’t wait until it’s actually raining to think about installing a rain barrel!
Install a Smart Controller...
...for your irrigation system. The biggest problem with traditional irrigation controllers is that they are programmed for a set schedule and will turn on the irrigation regardless of the weather, and will continue to operate that way until you change it. More often than not, way more water is applied than is needed. On the other hand, Smart Controllers use a variety of sensors that monitor the weather and moisture levels in the soil, and will only turn on the irrigation when it is truly needed. These take any guesswork out of watering the garden, and you can see a significant reduction in the amount of water used. There is a rebate available for these controllers, up to $80. http://socalwatersmart.com/getyourrebate
Install a grey water system...
...that captures and reuses waste water from your house. There is a huge amount of water from sinks, showers, and washing machines that would normally go down the drain that can be used to water trees and shrubs. Grey water systems can give you monumental savings in water.
|Are you ready to make the change?|
|We at Deep Roots are here to help you switch to a low water landscape. We have years' of experience growing and caring for drought tolerant plants and our landscape department is standing by to help you design and install the next generation of California landscape in YOUR yard. Call us and set up a consultation: 310-376-0567 See our web site for examples of our landscape installations.||
Deep Roots Garden Center
201-207 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Garden Center - Open 9-5 daily.
Florist - Open 9-5 Mon to Sat.
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|Summer is almost here...The days are getting longer and life will be moving outdoors.|
Sweet peas, which should be planted in the fall in our climate, are now blooming and scenting the garden as are white jasmine vines. Now is the time to plant scented shrubs and vines or even a complete scented garden in your outdoor room.
The supply of scented plants is excellent this time of year and if planted now, you will have a good chance of plentiful fragrant blooms all summer.
Almost all scented plants can also be grown in containers so they make a great addition to patios and balconies.
Most of them require good drainage and slightly acidic soil and many of them have the added benefit of being drought tolerant.
Here is a list of the best summer scents:
Night Blooming Jasmine (vine)
Star Jasmine (vine)
Brugmansia (night scented)
|Here is a list of plants that attract butterflies:|
Alcea rosea, (Hollyhock)
Anethum graveolens , (Dill)
Asclepias incarnata, (Swamp Milkweed)
Asclepias syriaca , (Common Milkweed)
Asclepias tuberosa, (Butterfly Milkweed)
Borago officinalis, (Borage)
Calendula officinalis , (Calendula)
Chelone glabra, (Turtlehead)
Chrysanthemum maximum, (Shasta Daisy)
Echinacea purpurea, (Purple Coneflower)
Echinops, (Globe Thistle)
Eupatorium, (Joe Pye Weed)
Gaillardia grandiflora, (Blanket Flower)
Heliotropium arborenscens, (Heliotrope)
Lathyrus odoratus, (Sweet Pea)
Liatris, (Gayfeather or Blazingstar)
Lobularia maritima, (Sweet Alyssum)
Monarda, (Bee Balm or Bergamot)
Origanum vulgare, (Oregano)
Penstemon, (Beard Tongue)
Rudbeckia hirta, (Black-eyed Susan or Gloriosa Daisy)
Tithonia rotundifolia , (Mexican sunflower)
Verbena bonariensis, (Verbena)
Zauschneria, (California Fuchsia)
Zinnis elegans, (Zinnia)
|We are an established drop off point for the South Central Farmers Cooperative Community Supported Agriculture vegetable boxes. The boxes are delivered to Deep Roots Garden Center every Wednesday at approximately 2.00 pm and we store them in our large flower cooler until closing time the following day.|
Customers may order a box every week, every two weeks, once a month or simply when you feel like one. The boxes contain enough seasonal vegetables to feed a family of four for a week or a single/couple for two weeks.
Payment is in advance – please place your order before noon on Mondays. Why not come in and order a box? Or you can phone 310-376-0567 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and order one. Have your credit card handy! At $21 a box it is a bargain!