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our garden in Oakland, California: August 24, 2011

This summer, I built a series of berms for the specimen plants in our garden. Each berm creates a little bowl that I can fill with water, while leaving the rest of the garden dry.

I decided to do this for two reasons. The main reason is for water conservation, which is important in a climate like mine where there is no rain at all during the summer months.

Also, this helps to keep the weeds under control. I only have to weed inside each berm "bowl."

I used some of the rocks in our collection of sandstone and chert chunks to keep the neighborhood cats and other animals from digging in my carefully built berms. That does help!
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Aug 25 2011 04:11 GMT hans55 PRO
looks dry to me ...you can have some of our summer-rain !! :-(
Aug 25 2011 05:32 GMT hallo
Thanks for the information, we have very dry summer as well!
Aug 25 2011 05:37 GMT MargNZ
Lovely idea to use your collected rocks in this way Fleur :))
Aug 25 2011 15:27 GMT senna3
Effective and decorative!
Aug 25 2011 21:05 GMT Bellavista
pretty garden :-)
Aug 26 2011 02:12 GMT potterjo
Good idea, the plants seem to be happy.