March 25, 2012: A rainy day at the Matilija SYH

DSC04865 big puddle of water collect on walkway

DSC04876 water is backed up in drain that is clogged with mud

DSC04866 lots of water builds up inside concrete wall

DSC04867 rain water drains thru bottom of concrete

DSC04868 puddles of water on both side of concrete wall

DSC04869 natural puddles are source of water for rain garden

DSC04871 birds


DSC04874 Water is gushing out of this drain

DSC04875 barely a trickle out of this drain

DSC04877 puddles of rain in compacted clay soil that slowly percolate in (or runoff)

DSC04878 drain in plugged near tennis courts


Cooperative Extension Ventura County on “water-wise” gardens and why trees dies

Drought, “water-wise” gardens and saving water in landscapes, by Jim Downer of UC Cooperative Extension.

Volume 22 No3 – November 2009 – Cooperative Extension Ventura County.

Also, Why trees die


Soil Food Web article

Planting Day #1 – Saturday, February 4, 2012

Planting Day at the Matilija Schoolyard Habitat (SYH) native plant demo garden.

About the Project:  The Matilija SYH  promotes by example the use of native plants for landscaping while also providing habitat for local and migratory wildlife including songbirds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Matilija students are working together with parents, volunteers and staff to create the outdoor classroom using CA native plants. U. S Fish and Wildlife has provided grant funds along with technical expertise and guidelines to help students get actively involved in the project.  Local businesses and volunteers have donated time, mulch, tools, equipment and excavating services to help prepare the site.

Now it is time to plant our chaparral and pollinator gardens! Come learn more about the Matilija Schoolyard Habitat and our unique chaparral native plant community, and how to save water by growing CA natives in the landscape.  Learn how the Schoolyard Habitat  builds problem-solving skills while promoting an understanding of the urban-wildland interface.  Come learn how to potect our water resources by planting natives which conserve water and support wildlife! Come learn how to plant CA natives, and about the habitat they create for wildlife. Help us! No experience necessary, snacks and drinks will be provided. Bring a shovel and wear heavy shoes, sunscreen and gloves. Volunteers to help coordinate and donations of food/drinks are also welcome. Call Renee Roth for more info at 798-3897.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: Matilija Junior High, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai

“Nature is good for people: Let’s recognize the right of every child to live and grow up in a wildlife-rich world.”<via The New Nature Movement.

Flyer for Planting Day #1