Preview of Gardening Without Watering – To Be Presented in Full at the Self Reliance Expo — 16 Comments

  1. Oh wow. Very cool! I wish we could see the entire presentation. But this will have to do for now. 🙂 I had no idea there were so many ways to reduce water or even completely get rid of watering. Great stuff! Will be sharing with our comrades.

  2. I hope you will post the complete talk on your podcast…..

    Sadly, we have losts thousands of acres of our forests here in the Central Texas area due to wildfires…. 🙁

  3. 7.5 inches of precip here annually, and over half of that is in the form of snow. Can really use the info, but can’t make the expo – hope it is available in MSB or the gear shop or something. Thanks!

  4. Have you considered posting the full presentation video in the msb? It would be great for those of us that are not able to attend the expo.

    • If you decide not to post all of the info, I would like to purchase one of the usb drives, if possible. Wish I could go to one of the expo presentations but I just live too far away.

  5. Somebody should say this- Forrest is spelled forest, but this may be a new term you are coining.
    Also, in CA unless we acidify or plant in peat/acid mix, we can’t grow blueberries only because while the ground is neutral to alkaline ph, the ground water is alkaline. We have no acid pockets for the acid-loving plants unless we create them, but all other plants culture well under the system you are describing, especially artichokes and stone fruits.

    • @cranberryrose55 – I am aware of the error it was something that happened with a replace all and the actual presentation does not include it. With this version though and the time crunch you get this or nothing I figured most would prefer a typo over not seeing it at all.

      Now on what you are saying about blueberries you are correct but only because of how you are approaching the problem, I could do it I promise you with almost no amendments to the soil.

  6. Two things:
    1 – for those of us that won’t be able to make it, will the videos make it to the MSB archive or anything like that?

    2 – I’m curious what you had in mind for the blueberries. I’ve been using pine needle mulch with some success, but another approach would be interesting.

  7. There is a guy in Oregon who wrote a whole book on growing things in low water environments.. mainly … separating plants.. fewer plants square foot.

  8. The above website is additional info you might want to look at on low water gardens.
    The Project Gutenberg EBook of Gardening Without Irrigation: or without
    much, anyway, by Steve Solomon

    This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with
    almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or
    re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included
    with this eBook or online at

    Title: Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway

    Author: Steve Solomon

    Posting Date: August 8, 2009 [EBook #4512]
    Release Date: October, 2003
    First Posted: January 28, 2002

    Language: English

    Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1


    Produced by Steve Solomon. HTML version by Al Haines.