Regular readers will be aware of the diversity of topics of interest to the author. There is some commonality, however, and that amounts to personal well-being.
What I read relates to my own well-being, what I “write” relates to others and the hope that occasionally I contribute something towards their well-being. This can mean the truth about anything from political activities, world government, evil in action, the environment, to direct personal issues such as health and self-sufficiency or survival.
Which brings us to this post and its source. ‘Care2’, whose motto is “make a difference” and it specializes in this latter personal well-being area. I like this particular theme of creating self-sufficiency in food and will follow up with a second related post. There is an assumption that a garden will use less water than a lawn. Lawns and gardens vary in their watering needs, but for sure watering a vegetable garden is a better use of water.
By Ramon Gonzalez, TreeHugger
GeorgeWashington’s Mount Vernon was the first house in North America to incorporate a lawn into the landscape design. According to some estimates, 40 million acres of America are covered in turf grass in the 48 contiguous states, making turf grass our largest irrigated crop.
The Sobering Statistics
During the growing season, if lawns are watered and fertilized as recommended, we pour 238 gallons of water per person, per day onto all that turf during the growing season.
The EPA says that in the United States, 26 billion gallons of water are consumed on a daily basis. Approximately 7.8 billion gallons of the water consumed on a daily basis are devoted to irrigation. Your typical suburban lawn consumes 10,000 gallons of water above annual rainfall.
That is a lot of water when you consider that humans can use less than 1% of all the water on Earth.
How much water can you conserve by replacing your lawn with a garden?
A couple of years after starting my outdoor garden, the water connection to the outside broke and I never fixed it. It turned out to be a blessing, because up until then I did not realize how much water I wasted.
It wasn’t until I was watering grass with a watering can that the severity of the situation dawned on me. Little by little, I replaced the drying turf with plants until there were only a few square feet of it left.
- Edible Lawns are the New Urban Landscape (theurbn.com)