nature; a garden learns to sip, not gulp - polymer water crystals
It may be difficult to understand the drought on the land surrounded by water, but Ken Druze and Louis Bauer face the same restrictions on their gardens this spring as the rest of New Jersey.
The paulingil River was washed by both of them. and-a-half-
Acre island, about 50 miles northwest of Manhattan.
The two men have 300 feet deep wells.
But even so, they have to limit the watering of the lawn to a specific date and time.
If the drought intensifies and the restrictions tighten, they may only be able to water large areas of planting with their hands
Hose or drip irrigation system. No matter.
They never water the lawn anyway. And their sun-Love, drought
Tolerant plants thrive in gravel gardens that do not require water.
Plants eager for drinks are equipped with deep soaking hoses buried underground.
"Laziness is the mother of invention . "
Drucker, a garden writer and photographer, stands at 75-foot-
He laid 500 feet flexible wet hose made of recycled rubber tires.
"Who wants to stand here with a hose all day?
All I do now is turn the valve.
Although the rainfall has dropped by 5 inch in the past month, the rainfall in their hometown of Sussex is still 13 inch lower than normal annual rainfall.
Five summers of drought over the past six years have taught the gardeners strategies for survival.
In this case, the advertisement for the gravel garden seems to be a godsend, but it does, like many good ideas, come from the fusion of a series of events.
One of them is all the rocks dug out of the soil.
The other is neighbor Chris Hagler, who wants to build a stone wall in their place.
Another one is Mr.
Druse's love for Mediterranean plants. All the heat-loving, sun-
Devouring cars, verbascums, lavender and thymes, if they had their own choice, would not have been caught dead in this shady place ---
And it often rains. -
Part of the world.
"I want tomatoes . "Druse said.
"And we don't have enough sunshine to raise Lily for a day.
"Gardeners do almost anything to plant things they can't have. Mr. Druse and Mr.
Ball, curator of Wave Hill, Bronx public garden, dug out the most sunny part of the land ---an old clay-
There is a nursery bed full of sunshine for about five hours--
4 inch of the gravel was turned inside.
They opened up a stone trail. Then Mr.
Hargrad started building a 72foot-
Long wall like anti-question mark.
"I made the model of the whole garden, so Chris can refer to it when we are not there . "
Druse, graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. Mr.
Haggler set them up; Mr.
Druse grows seeds and seedlings in fertile soil
The stuffed socks cling to the hole in the wall.
This is one of the strange ideas of planting a madman.
"I would tie up the ankle part and fill it with dirt, so I ate a sausage about 2 feet long and poked a hole in my toe to prepare the seedlings . "Druse said.
His theory is drought.
Resistant plants form long roots, and long soils give them a good start. It worked.
The walls are full of wind chimes and will soon be covered with blue flowers, as well as the blue fluke subbula, the white bleeding heart and alpine plants such as Shiba,Mr.
Druse is the author of five popular garden books, including award-winning books
The award-winning work "making more plants: science, art and happiness of communication" (
Clarkson Potter, 2000). Mr.
Bauer is the curator of Bohill's perennial garden.
Seven years ago, when they found the island in the river, it was only 150 --year-
They started planting crazily: sugar maple, weeping katsura tree, a peach tree starting from seed, Japanese maple, hydrangea, Red Bud tree, spring flower, Jackin-the-
Thousands of root plants and bulbs. Mr.
The 52-year-old Druze has grown on the SoHo Roof for 10 years and then 15 years in the Brooklyn backyard.
When he was in his 40 s, he began to yearn for him to be in N when he was young. J.
"I came to get water," he said . "
"Normally, we get 49 inch of the water a year.
When the wooded hills turn brown the worst is 1999.
The leaves on the tree are dead.
Two people look at their shallow
The hemlock fell and died.
Water, of course, makes American gardens homogeneous and makes lawns and Phoenix flowers grow in the desert.
"Things will look different if we can't water . "Druse said.
"The water makes the place look the same.
"In drought conditions, the gardener must pay attention to what is alive.
Surprisingly, this is not always the case with the locals.
Ancient garden plants, such as cloves from Asia and southern Europe, as well as European long silk Iris, dormant in the summer, evolved in a hot and dry climate.
Tulips are another good bedding plant because they bloom in the spring and are packed before the dry June.
The structure of plants provides clues for their drought resistance.
"Anything with needles or narrow leaves can retain moisture," said Mr. Druse said.
Or leaves with small hairs or powder surfaces.
Nodules or fleshyrooted plants (
Like Iris, Jack. in-the-
Pulpit and car)
Water and nutrients can be stored for a long time.
"Once formed, Arias or Jack-in-the-
"The forum is very tolerant," he said . "Druse said.
"Sometimes they won't come up if the weather is dry.
They will only skip a year and come up next year.
"On the other hand, plants with large and wide leaves are designed to absorb the small sun that falls from the forest.
They crave water. So bye-
Goodbye elephant ears and hotel.
As natural as Druse
The Bauer Garden appears. it has trees and shrubs, many plants. -
Like hydrangea, lady's cloak, Rose, peach blossom-
Water droplets cannot survive without soaking the hose to sweat into the root zone.
A large amount of compost, like polymer crystals, helps the sandy soil to maintain moisture, just as the soil is moist.
But water is irreplaceable. Mr.
Druse shows a black plastic pipe with a diameter of 1 1/2, which extends 300 feet along the western edge of his garden and draws water from a tank in the basement connected to the well.
He bought the pipe at a plumbing supply store and then connected the soak hose to the snake through the woodland garden and his long mixing border.
"I have to move some plants," he said . "
"But I tried to separate the water pipe by 15 inch.
"Put the hose more tightly together in the extremely sandy soil and separate further in the soil with more clay.
The advertisement to adjust the water pressure was wrong.
"You just want the hose to sweat," he said . ".
"There is as much water at the end and at the beginning.
"He discharged the big branch line at the end of the season.
Soaking hoses buried far away from UV light should last for years, he said. Mr.
Druse does not know how much water the system saves compared to the standard sprinkler system.
But experts say the drip system is 50 to 70% less than sprinklers or even hands. held hose.
Evaporation does not waste water, plants are under less pressure than top
Water because the water flows directly to the root. So unless Mr.
Druse must turn off the tap completely, and his crescent border will be filled with roses, like the pale yellow beauty, the mixed musk of the ripe apricot color and Sally Holmes, a creamy climber, with soft orange buds, I like to go through peach trees. The 100-year-
Old Japanese maple trees will have enough wine to drink, and viburnums, smoked shrubs and old hydrangeas will also have enough wine to drink.
Druse made it himself.
Located between North America and Asia, his woodland garden is home to families on two continents.
Jack North America-in-the-
From 12 Asian peers, an American snake, through the trail
An Asian striped maple named White Tiger is barking.
There are ginger on both sides of the world, bleeding hearts and geranium.
Thanks to the water tank, these roots plants and trees can develop healthy roots.
Druse is ready. ''I took a 55-
A gallon of plastic bucket and stick it to a small five-
"To increase the water pressure, the foot tower," he said . ".
"I will fill it up and the water will penetrate through the soak hose in a week.
He stained the blue electric drum with dirt.
Brown Cabot Stains make the tank almost invisible in the woodland.
"I use it for everything," he said . "
"I call it invisible stains.
"This land has been drought before and it will be tested again by drought.
The growth of plants depends on the ancient art of the gardener.
20 tons of gravel;
Fully mixed during the dry season, the gardener can add compost and lay a network of soaking hoses.
But they can also imitate Ken Druze's gravel garden and start to thrive in low humidity while maintaining beauty.
AdvertisementHis gravel garden is the owner of chartreuse and purple big euphor, blue-
Lavender in green and gray, verbascums, thymes, scallions, hot
The lovely Rose is called ballerina, and the lovely little yellow and white rose is called popcorn. Mr.
Druse's favorite tulip primes Irene has just blossomed, a soft orange victory with hints of purple and green.
At the bottom of the stone wall, the strong shamamens are spreading happily.
"Things like to sprout in gravel," said Mr. Druse said.
"There is less competition and water is gathering in cracks and Stone is a hot trap.
The gray and yellow leaves are so beautiful that it favors the heat --
So are the ears of Arlo and the lamb.
Many of these plants are grown in professional nurseries.
Gravel, or three-eighths-
At a construction supply site, the rubble in inches is $17 per ton.
The garden is 20 tons or 15 cubic yards.
There, about 40 different mountain-haired chickens thrive, and all these rose-colored purple and green hens --and-
The chick your grandmother likes.
The little green sedan strolled on the rocks.
Kenilworth ivy is a beautiful weed that grows only where it wants to grow, and it has taken up the residence and covered itself with miniature orchids
"When the fruit is ripe, the vines lengthen and push the seeds into the wall," said Mr. Druse said.
"Every plant has a story.
"Once the plant is established, the garden will never be watered again.
Polymer crystals mixed in water provide a leg for new plants, as they hold water after water is usually lost for a long time. Here, too, Mr.
Druse is training lilac to form a tunnel that will enter through a gate made of antique headboards painted white. (
Remember, Lilac can endure drought. )
Most of them, including Mr. , are French lilac.
Lincoln, a very tall, very thin, very fragrant blue.
"It would be great to Plant cloves in a second --
"Story Window ". Druse said.
It is likely that it will survive many droughts in the future.
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A version of this article was printed on page F00001 of the National edition on May 9, 2002, with the title: nature;
A garden learned to sip instead of taking a big sip.