Water Your Landscape with Rain Water

Monsoon Rains & River Rock Swales = Free Water
Using River Rock Swales to Divert Rain Water
What a great downpour we saw around Tucson yesterday. Monsoon season provides us with a lot of our annual rainfall and it’s a welcome relief from our summer heat.

Did you know that you can divert rainwater from your downspouts and other areas to your plants and trees? It’s simple. Using river rock swales is an easy way to get rain water to your plants and it looks nice aesthetically. And, generic viagra shop have you noticed that plants just look better after getting watered from rain rather than from irrigation water?

Not only does a swale keep water on your property to help water your plants. It takes rain water away from areas where you don’t want it pooling such as at the base of your home’s foundation. Keep these things in mind when considering adding a swale.

Where is the water coming from?
Where do you want the water to go?
What type of rocks do you want to use?
River Rock
Catalina Rock
Other Type of Rock
How much water will come through the swale at a time?
Is there a slope to consider?
Some swales need to be reset every few years. Silt and rocks can accumulate in the swale and slow down the flow of water. The swale pictured here should be reset soon.The rocks are taken out and the trench is redug and the rocks are set into place again.

With our drought, it’s a good idea to save all the water we can. And, using swales is one way to do this. Conservation is important and everything you do to save water will make a difference.

Call us at (520) 370-5697 if you have any questions about swales. We’re here to help you.

Happy National Fried Chicken

Did you know that today is National Fried Chicken Day?

Of course, this is a holiday only celebrated in the United States. There is some controversy about the date. It’s said that in the 1980’s a Peoria, Illinois man celebrated his birthday on July 8th by exclusively serving fried chicken. Apparently rumor has it that KFC found out and moved the date to July 6th which was the date of one of their store openings. And, this created the holiday of National Fried Chicken Day.

What is your favorite fried chicken? Original, crunchy, spicy?

Carla Hall’s Amazing Fried Chicken
Yields 4
Dry Rub
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1 small organic chicken, cut into 10 pieces
To Fry
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup water
Flour (for coating chicken pieces) (or gluten-free blend such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour) *
Peanut oil (for frying)
2 tbsp cornstarch
Make Dry Rub: In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Stir to blend. Place the chicken pieces in a plastic resealable bag and sprinkle with the dry rub. Seal bag and toss to coat each piece evenly. Refrigerate overnight. Two hours before cooking, remove chicken from the plastic bag and let sit in the refrigerator to dry out the skin slightly.
To Fry Chicken: Heat 1/2-inch of peanut oil in a cast iron skillet to 360°F. Use a candy or instant read thermometer to monitor the temperature.
Lightly beat the eggs and combine with the buttermilk and water in a shallow dish.
In another shallow dish, combine the flour and cornstarch and season with salt and pepper. Set the two dishes side by side next to the cast iron skillet with the flour mixture closest to the stove.
Immerse the pieces of chicken into the buttermilk mixture and drip off the excess. Transfer the flour mixture and remove the excess. Place it in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, using tongs to turn the chicken.
Check the chicken temperature with a thermometer. If it’s not 160 degrees F yet, turn down the heat under the skillet and continue to cook.
Transfer cooked chicken to a wire rack set over a baking sheet. This helps keeps the chicken crispy. You can also place the baking sheet in a slow oven to keep chicken warm if you have to hold dinner a bit before serving.
Recipe found at The Heritage Cook
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