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LADWP on Water & Farming: 'Let Your Gardens Grow, Urban Farmers!'

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The LADWP took notice of last week's "Comment of the Week" about breaking city water conservation rules in order to sustainably grow your own veggies. They say it's doable, so take listen up, says spokesman Brooks Baker in an e-mail:

The City of Los Angeles Water Conservation Ordinance currently restricts watering with sprinklers to Mondays and Thursdays only, and prohibits any watering between 9am-4pm, regardless of the day. Translation: hand-watering on any day of the week, as long as it's not between 9am & 4pm, is not in violation of the ordinance. One note: hand-watering must be done using hoses fitted with shut-off nozzles. By the way, observing the restricted watering hours is a good idea even when it's not called for by ordinance: water used for irrigation in the daytime hours is most susceptible to evaporation due to sun and wind, thereby depriving plants and lawns of a full drink. Most landscape experts recommend morning watering. So, really, sticking to the ordinance is not only law-abiding and conservation-wise but it's actually better for plants.

Let your gardens grow, urban farmers!

So there you have it, but do take the shut-off nozzles note seriously. It's not only a good idea, but those water cops are on the look out.