• Feb 12, 2016

    Rain barrels solution to California’s water crisis?

    Shopping in Orchard Supply Hardware recently, I could only shake my head when I spotted a new display. Where the store prominently features seasonal specials, there was a line of barrels…not planter barrels, but water barrels for collecting rainwater and runoff from rooftops. Checked my calendar to reassure myself it was not 1886. It’s 2016. Californians collected water in barrels 130 years ago....More
  • Feb 3, 2016

    Growers ‘dancing in their orchards’ - maybe not just yet

    I sometimes wonder about the accuracy of the weather forecasts from meteorologists. I checked with Internet god ‘Mr. Google’ and couldn’t derive much information on forecasting accuracy. Yet to their credit, meteorologists have been mostly ‘spot on’ so far this winter in California and Arizona with accurate predictions of El Nino-tied rain and snow storms with a heavy smattering of cold temperatures....More
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