Water Conservation Resources

Here you will find resources available through the Santa Ana Public Library. With a valid library card you may check out books and access E-services such as the Electronic Petting Zoo, E-books using Overdrive, digital magazines through Zinio for Libraries, and Online Databases. With the technology constantly on a rise, information and updates are at the touch of a button. Be conscious and help conserve water and make California a better place for everyone.

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BOOKS

English

Water wise plants for sustainable gardens : 200 drought-tolerant choices for all climates

Water wise plants for sustainable gardens : 200 drought-tolerant choices for all climates

by Ogden, Lauren Springer.

Summary

In recent years, gardeners have faced increased water-use restrictions, and it's not limited to dry-climate areas like the Southwest. There are restrictions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. And even for gardeners with no water restrictions, low-water plants are key to a sustainable garden. Water wise Plants for Sustainable Gardens is a practical guide to the best 200 plants guaranteed to thrive in low-water gardens. Plant entries provide the common and botanical name, the regions where the plant is best adapted, growth and care information, and notes on pests and disease. This practical and inspiring guide includes a variety of plants, from trees to succulents, perennials to bulbs, all selected for their wide adaptability and ornamental value. Companion plants, creative design ideas, and full color photography round out the text.


The dry gardening handbook : plants and practices for a changing climate

The dry gardening handbook : plants and practices for a changing climate

by Filippi, Olivier.

Summary

A garden that can withstand summer drought and requires little watering is the dream of every gardener who is conscious of the need to conserve water and who wants to create a garden in harmony with the environment. That dream can become a reality with the help of this indispensable new reference book which provides concrete solutions to the questions and hurdles faced by gardeners coping with dry conditions.

Abundantly illustrated with more than 400 original color photographs, this is a vital book for novice and experienced gardeners alike. It includes an A ”Z list of more than 500 drought-resistant plants with details on the plant's scientific name, geographical origin, height and width, exposure and hardiness, foliage, ideal soil conditions, and related or complementary plants, and provides techniques for soil preparation, planting, and maintenance of gardens and landscapes.


You wouldn't want to live without clean water!

You wouldn't want to live without clean water!

by Canavan, Roger

Summary

How would you cope in a world without water? Clean water is far, far more important than you might think! This title in the fantastic new You Wouldn't Want to Live Without series is bursting with surprising facts about this essential life source. As you learn about everything from how water keeps us healthy to the astounding ways in which it is used across the word, you'll soon see why you really, really wouldn't want to live without it! Featuring comprehensive diagrams, a timeline, hilarious cartoon-style illustrations, and "You Can Do It!" panels on how to conduct your own water experiments. the well-organized text in this title allows readers to explore relationships between historic scientific events. Grade-appropriate contexts help readers determine the meaning of academic words and phrases while the vivid illustrations and text features help navigate the text and locate answers to questions.


Square foot gardening with kids : learn together : gardening basics : science and math, water conservation, self-sufficiency, healthy eating

Square foot gardening with kids

by Bartholomew, Mel.

Summary

For two generations, Mel Bartholomew's top-selling Square Foot Gardening books have made his revolutionary system for growing vegetables available to millions of people. In Square Foot Gardening with Kids, Mel reveals all of the tips, tricks, and fun projects he has used over the decades in one of his most cherished pursuits: teaching youngsters to build and grow their own kid-sized SFGs. Because of its simple principles and fast payoff, Square Foot Gardening is perfect for children. The easy geometry of the gridded box breaks the complex world of gardening into digestible bites that are easy to approach and understand for enthusiastic young learners, and the sequence of tasks required to grow plants from seeds is repeatable and reassuring. Whether you're a grandparent, parent, teacher, coach, or any kind of role model to young people, Square Foot Gardening with Kids offers you the proven methods Mel has developed himself to entertain and amaze the kid in all of us. And, in the process, many valuable life lessons can be learned--such as the importance of following instructions and doing your chores, basic skills like counting and water conservation, and learning to appreciate the nature of food and why it is important to respect it. But more than anything, this clever, colorful new book captures the essence of growing edibles for anyone, regardless of age: it is fun and rewarding.


Down the drain : conserving water

Down the drain : conserving water

by Oxlade, Chris.

Summary

The many ways in which we use water – for drinking, washing in, cooking etc; vast amounts of water are also used in farming (it takes about 500 liters of water to produce one orange), industry, leisure and so on.


Success with water-saving gardens

Success with water-saving gardens

by Clarke, Graham.

Summary

Hot, parched summers, water restrictions, sprinkler bans: how can we maintain our beloved gardens in such adverse conditions? Drought has become a serious issue, but with a little planning, gardeners can ease the problem and still achieve a fabulous display of color, form, and fragrance. These tips for the water-saving garden offer a variety of great ways to choose and use plants that thrive in an arid environment. Filled with magnificent illustrations, it details design ideas, soil-enhancing possibilities, and hints on watering wisely. Find out how to have an efficient container or kitchen garden, and which trees, shrubs, and border plants work especially well when it’s dry. A large A-to-Z of low-water plants offers all the possibilities any gardener could want. 


Renovation nation. watch your green grow / [videorecording] : Gardening

Renovation nation. watch your green grow / [videorecording] : Gardening

Summary

Steve Thomas travels across the nation to visit eco-sensitive homeowners and plant specialist and discuss with them their environmentally conscience gardening techniques.


Water wise gardening : water, plants and climate : a practical guide

Water wise gardening : water, plants and climate : a practical guide

by Cooke, Ian

Summary

As global warming increases, gardening must adapt to the changes in climate—including dry periods and droughts. But, thanks to this timely new eco-conscious guide, people can enjoy their gardens while still conserving water. Professional horticulturist Ian Cooke shows how to make a garden grow by storing and recycling water, boosting soil’s water retention, using mulches and drought-tolerant crops, and irrigating. A thorough section on the aesthetics of dry gardening includes an A-to-Z of water wise plants, as well as planting schemes. This book is essential for every gardener who cares about the environment.


Ortho's all about dry climate gardening.

Ortho's all about dry climate gardening.

Summary

  • Gardening techniques for landscapes and gardens that receive less than 20 inches of annual rainfall.
  • Inspiring garden scenes in 17 states--from cold and warm deserts, dry grasslands, and Mediterranean climates.
  • Detailed descriptions and a color photo gallery of 85 trees, shrubs, and perennials appropriate for dry climates.
  • Special chapter highlights efficient irrigation systems.

Threats to our water supply

Threats to our water supply

by Spilsbury, Louise.

Summary

Examines some of the negative impacts that humans can have on the earth's water supply; this concept is tempered with the potentially sustainable solutions that may be available to offset this impact.


How to mulch : save water, feed the soil, and suppress weeds

How to mulch : save water, feed the soil, and suppress weeds

by Campbell, Stu.

Summary

Mulching makes your garden and yard much easier to care for, helping to retain moisture, keep weeds in check, and protect young plants. This concise guide shows you exactly how to mulch for any situation, covering sheet mulching, feeding mulches, and living mulches for use in the yard, garden, and home landscape. It even includes a quick-reference chart of mulch types and a section on mulching for success with specific vegetables.


101 ways to save the planet

101 ways to save the planet

by Underwood, Deborah.

Summary

This book gives 101 things you can do to make the world a better, brighter place.


The wastewater gardener : preserving the planet one flush at a time!

The wastewater gardener : preserving the planet one flush at a time!

by Nelson, Mark

Summary

Mark Nelson, PhD, takes us on a global expedition to learn how we are wasting the world's dwindling supply of fresh water by flushing away a very valuable resource, our own human wastes The author is founding director of the Institute of Eco-technics and has worked for several decades in closed ecological systems research. As one of eight brave souls enclosed in the pioneering Biosphere 2 experiment, Nelson realized how essential the proper use of human waste is to the health of the planet. This, combined with his lifelong love affair with constructed wetlands, led to the discovery of Wastewater Gardens, an important solution to some of our trickiest global environmental dilemmas. While the problems and case studies covered in this book are indeed quite serious, Mark's approach to the subject makes for a fun, down-to-earth and very informative read. The foreword is written by renowned British environmentalist Tony Juniper.


Designing California native gardens

Designing California native gardens : the plant community approach to artful, ecological gardens

by Keator, Glenn.

Summary

Inspirational, practical, and easy to use, this book was created with the aim of conveying the awesome diversity and beauty of Californias native plants and demonstrating how they can be brought into ecologically sound, attractive, workable, and artful gardens. Structured around major California plant communities--bluffs, redwoods, the Channel Islands, coastal scrub, grasslands, deserts, oak woodlands, mixed evergreen woodlands, riparian, chaparral, mountain meadows, and wetlands--the books twelve chapters each include sample plans for a native garden design accompanied by original drawings, color photographs, a plant list, tips on successful gardening with individual species, and more. Both residential and professional gardeners will learn the benefits of going native with gardens that require less water and fewer fertilizers, attract wildlife, engage the senses, create a sense of place, and, at the same time, preserve our rich natural heritage.
Designing Native California Gardens includes:

  • More than 600 selected native species recommended for the garden
  • More than 300 photographs of native plants, natural plant communities, and residential native gardens
  • Recommended places to visit for viewing each plant community

The California native landscape

The California native landscape : the homeowner's design guide to restoring its beauty and balance

by Rubin, Greg

Summary

In this innovative book, Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren explode the myth that home landscapes composed of native plants are scruffy and difficult to manage. By focusing on horticulture that's attuned to native plants, and by emulating natural ecology, the authors show how to create easy-maintenance native gardens that are beautiful year round. A native landscape promotes beauty and color, a sense of place, fire safety, and habitat and wildlife preservation, while requiring minimal maintenance and irrigation. And, as The California Native Landscape proves, it's within the reach of every homeowner. Book jacket.

 

Spanish

Jardín con poca agua

Jardín con poca agua

by Beucher, Patricia.

Summary

Trucos sencillos para crear un jardín austero en agua. Es posible conseguir un jardín bello, en el suelo o en macetas, empleando las técnicas de cultivo explicadas en este libro paso a paso e ilustradas. Saber comprar bien, plantar en el momento adecuado, recuperar el agua de lluvia, acolchar para limitar las tareas de riego, entrecavado y escarda… están al alcance de todos los amantes de la jardinería. Un catálogo de 230 plantas «austeras»: ficha por ficha, árboles, arbustos, plantas de flor, plantas cobertoras autónomas, las trepadoras más resistentes… y cómo cultivarlas. Ideas para su jardín: crear una cobertura verde sin césped, plantar un seto austero en agua, vestir un murete y trucos para un mantenimiento mínimo. Los paso a paso de Larousse: ¡el éxito a su alcance! ¡Con más de 50 fotografías!


Xerojardinería

Xerojardinería

by Costa, Andrea.

Summary

Con un enfoque sobre unos aspectos específicos de la jardinería, desde el compost y la poda hasta la jardinería ecológica y sin agua, esta colección de guías de la horticultura incluye instrucciones prácticas para el mantenimiento de un jardín vibrante y excepcional. Las personas que tienen la habilidad para la jardinería pueden incorporar cada nuevo método en sus rutinas de jardinería, mientras que los nuevos entusiastas de jardinería encontrarán direcciones y sugerencias para la creación y el cuidado de un jardín.

Demostrando cómo construir y mantener un jardín ecológico, este manual de la horticultura explora lo práctico en ser más verde, hacer un impacto menor en el medio ambiente y hacer una diferencia en el mundo.

 

E-LIBRARY SERVICES

 

E-books

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Zinio Magazines

https://www.rbdigital.com/santaanaca/service/zinio/landing?mag_id=6431

 

Databases

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Environment

Newsbank: World Environment

World Book: Living Green

 

Apps

Come in to the Santa Ana Public Library and use our Electronic Petting Zoo to access any of these apps that will help with water conservation. Or, if you have a mobile device, we recommend you download and use these free apps to help cut water use down.

 

My Santa Ana - Reporting Water Wasting

"mySantaAna" puts the power of the Santa Ana city government in the palm of your hand! Quickly and easily report issues to the City for clean up.”

 

Water Wiz

“Water Wiz is a simple app which will help you and your family better understand where water is being used in your household. Water Wiz will help you track your water use at the shower, laundry machine, garden, etc.”

 

Bucket Saves app

“California is in a serious drought. You can help conserve water by putting a bucket in the shower while waiting for it to get warm. The water can be used for many things like watering plants, grass, and trees. You will be surprised at how much water you can save using a bucket in the shower.”