620: Water In and For Our Landscape.
A Garden Chat with Don Titmus.
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In This Garden Chat:
Greg, co-host Janis Norton, and Don Titmus discuss how to apply permaculture concepts to address water issues in our landscapes. They dive deep to reveal the natural systems that protect plants from climate extremes, and they explore ways we can replicate these systems in our landscapes. Whether your local climate is wet or dry, hot or cold, you will appreciate the many practical tips for identifying, observing, and managing the water available on your property.
Don grew up in London and at age 16 spent 4 years being trained in horticulture through an apprenticeship and a college course. From there he continued landscaping in his hometown until he moved to Arizona in 1981, where he worked in landscaping and then started his own business in garden maintenance.
In 2003 he attended a Permaculture Design Course, which was life-changing for Don. He knew right away that this was the path he’d been waiting for, and later attended two Permaculture Teacher Trainings.
He co-founded the Phoenix Permaculture Guild, started a Permaculture design company, redesigned his home site into a permaculture design destination, and helped develop a thriving permaculture community in the Phoenix, Arizona area. He has presented in 5 cities, worked in several states, attended classes in 5 states, and pretty much lives and breathes permaculture.
– Don’s definition of permaculture
– The most important step in permaculture design
– What to do before making any major changes in your landscape
– Observing water on your property
– The ying and yang of permaculture
– Nature’s water pumps
– One solution for many extreme climate challenges
– Irrigation methods and how they work
– Anatomy of a wicking bed
– The science of water movement
– Advantages of drip tape over conventional drip irrigation
Editor’s Notes:Check out Don’s previous podcast episodes. Check out some useful Wicking Bed Articles on our site:
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