GardenWatch: It Begins

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Behold our glorious garden. Well, it's not so glorious yet, but with a bit of help from our readers and some hard work on our behalf, we're pretty sure we can turn it around. The main problem right now, aside from a lack of water, is that we have more confidence than experience. In fact, we are total gardening novices. We need help.

Here are the key facts:


  • We are inclined towards a productive garden, but it is a bit late in the year.

  • We're in Berkeley, California, so we think we can still get a crop of plum tomatoes, beans, and zucchini if we act fast, and we're going to throw in some chili peppers just to see what happens.

  • South is to the right. The area of grass that looks totally fried gets sun pretty much all day.


There is a drought in California right now, so we'll be doing some research into drip irrigation. We're also thinking of volunteering to put in a couple of less expensive dual flush toilets in order to spend our conservation on water for the garden. Any ideas for edible plants that donĀ“t require tremendous amounts of water? How would you make this patch of ground beautiful, productive, and green?