Their coffee production has dropped 25% because of high temperatures for the last 6 years. Coffee farmers are having to give up growing coffee unless they can move up to the higher altitudes (lower temperatures) that the coffee prefers. (See http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-coffee-20110323,0,2770618.story. )
|Leigh Adams' gutter diversions|
However, it's an entertaining article and it seems, strangely to have almost vanished from the LA Times archives . (The article ran March 12, but it is archived under March 4, 2011.) For you conspiracy theorists there there.....Maybe the LA Times doesn't want us to try this at home? Emily Green wrote the article which it talks about a garden in Altadena full of new fruit trees, all of which are being watered with diverted rain water from the gutters.http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2011/03/leigh-adams-john-lyons.html. The gardener created a swale to absorb the street water.
The latest news along our Central Coast is we are officially out of drought mode. First time in many years. Do you think the water rates will drop? Noooooo...
A modern methods the Victorians would have loved are :
Row covers-- protect the starts from cold, wind and insects. These let in 75% of the available light.
For smaller gardens and impatient gardeners the water wall will radiate heat to the plant at night. This kind of booster was not necessary in years past, but we are ready to try it on Early Girl tomatoes and Japanese eggplant eggplant, remembering if the soil hasn't reached 65 degrees----- it might not do much good. It would probably work if it stops raining.
red or black plastic, or biodegradable. Biodegradable makes the most sense.
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