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Slow, Soak, and Store: Water management for a thriving garden

Dates: July 16, 2022

Meets: 1 Sa 10AM-12N

Location: Syphax 126

Arl. Res.: $49.00

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The summer temperatures are rising, rainfall can be inconsistent, plants are thirsty. Improve your water management practices, optimize your use of rainfall, protect your house from flooding, and ensure that your garden is thriving. "Slow it. Spread it. Sink it. Store it." These are the principles that will be taught in class. We will address the use of rain barrels, the potential for rain gardens, ancient techniques for watering plants with Olla pots, handling slopes and soil erosion, and how a careful selection and positioning of plants within an ecologically smart permaculture design can address water issues, whether you have waterlogging issues or dry areas.
Fee: $49.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Arl. Res.$ 49.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Arl. Sr.$ 39.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Non-Res.$ 59.00

Syphax 126

Syphax Education Center, Room 126 2110 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22204

Barbara Fillip

Barbara Fillip lived in cities all her life, from Paris to New York, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, until she settled in Arlington more than 20 years ago. While enjoying a career in international development, knowledge management, university teaching, and even a stint in aerospace, she developed a personal interest in eco-friendly gardening. This interest and constant experimentation in her own backyard eventually led her to permaculture in 2017, when she started her first Permaculture Design Certificate course. In late 2021, she completed a Permaculture Design Certificate and will complete a Permaculture Educator Certificate mid-2022. As a Knowledge Management professional, she likes to share what she learns. As a permaculturist, she likes to learn from others and is constantly experimenting with an evolving backyard permaculture design. Having lived in urban areas all her life, she focuses on applications of permaculture in urban settings, which she regularly documents in her Urban Permaculture Resources hub website.