Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster


The bulk, if not all, materials for creating most water-harvesting earthworks are already on-site and free. The soil is the main one. Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands, Volume 2, covers the rest. If you choose to import or buy vegetation, potential sources are listed below.

Note: Plants native to your site and extending to a 25-mile radius from and 500 foot elevation range above or below your site’s elevation are typically the best adapted to thrive on local rainfall alone. Check with local native plant societies for reputable nurseries and seed suppliers. For native or exotic plants, locally-owned plant nurseries and seed suppliers are typically the best since they know the area, the local plants, and more of the money you invest in them is more likely to recycle through the local economy.

Native plants for Tucson

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Desert Survivors
1020 W Starr Pass
(520) 791-9309

Tohono Chul Park Nursery
7366 Paseo Del Norte
(520) 742-6455

Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society

Exotic & some native plants

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Mesquite Valley Growers
8005 E Speedway Blvd
(520) 721-8600

Civano Nursery
5301 S Houghton Road
(520) 546-9200

Native plant & wildflower seed

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Wildlands Restoration
(520) 882-0969

Garden vegetable seed

Native Seeds/SEARCH 526 N. 4th Ave. 622-5561

Native plants and seed, & climate-appropriate exotic plants

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Albuquerque & Santa Fe, New Mexico
Plants of the Southwest Nurseries

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The Umbrella: Summer 2020

THE UMBRELLA: A catch-all of resources, events, media, and more from Brad Lancaster In this time of Covid-19 and spending more time at home to be safe, I’ve been grateful for the solace, inspiration, and bountiful sustenance my water-harvesting gardens, landscape, and neighborhood forest has provided me, my family, friends, and neighbors. Record summer heat […]

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