Are you facing drought or water shortages? Gardening with Less Water offers simple, inexpensive, low-tech techniques for watering your garden much more efficiently -- using up to 90 percent less water for the same results. Read more...
Are you facing drought or water shortages? Gardening with Less Water offers simple, inexpensive, low-tech techniques for watering your garden much more efficiently -- using up to 90 percent less water for the same results. With illustrated step-by-step instructions, David Bainbridge shows you how to install buried clay pots and pipes, wicking systems, and other porous containers that deliver water directly to a plant's roots with little to no evaporation. These systems are available at hardware stores and garden centers; are easy to set up and use; and work for garden beds, container gardens, and trees.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-21
- Reviewer: Staff
We are running short on water in many parts of the world, Bainbridge (A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration) states at the onset of his latest book, which outlines a clear and convincing approach to mitigating the problems of drought and the high costs of food and water. Aimed at gardeners, small-land holders, and homeowners, Bainbridges solution is based off an ancient method of plant irrigation, as described in a book written 2,000 years ago by Fan Shengzhi, an employee of the emperor of China hired to increase farm output. Bainbridge explains Fans method of buried clay pot irrigation in the first chapter and proceeds to outline the modern adaptation in detail in the following chapters. He also describes how to shelter trees and harvest rainwater, especially for gardeners in historically drought-riddled areas. He draws examples from all over the world, from Ghana to Arizona to Jordan; he presents statistics, tables, plans, and tips throughout. Bainbridge argues most passionately for water conservation in his last chapter, thoroughly convincing readers that this method is worth a try. (Jan.)