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Food scarcity, without water the food doesn't grow

I live in California and there are vast farms here that provide produce for much of the country. However farms have to share imported water with an ever growing population. The American dream is a house with a green lawn. We get these lawns in our desert areas by using a lot of water. If the urban user doesn't learn to cut water usage the farmer will suffer and in turn the urban user. When it came time to redo my front yard I disposed of the grass and replaced it with random trees, herb and food plants with the main covering being weed block and tree chippings as an overall mulch. I am saving water for the farmer and providing a bit of my own food on space that was just consuming resources before

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Comment by Michele Baron on March 15, 2010 at 5:15am
Hi Sylvia, When establishing gardens where we were posted in sandy places outside Dakar, Senegal, and in sandy places in southern Japan, I had little water for gardening as well. Xeriscaping, landscaping in ways not requiring supplemental irrigation, helped a lot; and I co-planted and modified various cart and container gardening systems for vegetable gardening. Also toyed with ideas for bog-water-filtration systems, but didn't have space for that, or access to waste-water sources (washing water, etc) for use that way. But there is a wealth of xeriscaping information available; here are a few links:
http://soekershof.wordpress.com/category/xeriscaping/ (xeriscaping in South Africa)
Comment by Sylvain Ratelle on March 20, 2010 at 1:07am
Sylvia, a very good evidence that I support, look of a lawn, and necessity of water are two different things, I will follow your blog for next messages, When you get a minute, please try to have a look at mine, and don't hesitate to comment and support, talk to you soon,


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