Spring and Next Generation
Spring has Sprung and Next Generation is preparing for the sun and hopes of a bountiful harvest season… but mindful of water conservation. California as a whole is seeing one of the worst droughts in history and Next Generation is careful to monitor water usage. The schools working with Next Generation have been working hard in the gardens. Elementary school aged children in Marin county are becoming well aware of the limits on water use and we are working to help them understand what they can do about it. While plants are vital to the health and well being of the planet, they can also consume massive amounts of water. However, not all plants are water hungry.
Some plants and trees are highly resourceful when is comes to water conservation. The California native redwood tree has a unique ability to capture the dense fog so famous in the costal regions of the Pacific. The dense fog, gathers on the needles of the redwood tree and forms a water droplet. The droplet when large and heavy enough, will fall to the ground. The massive root system that surrounds the redwood tree, with a diameter reaching up to 100 yards from the tree trunk will soak up the fallen droplets. Even with a lack of rain, the mighty Redwood tree was able to get its needed supply of water and continue with its cycle of life.
Many plants are not as fortunate as the redwood tree and it advisable that during a drought you take note. Many of our most beloved plants, fruit trees and flowers can gorge themselves on water, drying up some of the deepest wells and leaving lands parched. National Geographic wrote a brief article regarding plants that can suck your yard dry.