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Drip Irrigation: The Dust Bowl Shall Rejoice and Blossom As the Rose…by CATHERINE L WHITE (J. Post)

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Nov. 27, 2016

“…An absolute “must-do” hobby for me to regularly reduce stress and exercise muscles most people don’t realize they have is backyard gardening. But I didn’t think backyard gardening could be a reality where I now live in Northwest Oklahoma. I live in the old Dust Bowl of the 1930’s and the weather is inconsistent and unpredictable — it’s considered a semi-arid climate so we don’t get much rain, it can be terribly hot in the summers withering a lot of sensitive plants, in the spring we can get late killing frosts, in the autumn we can get early killing frosts, and the few storms we get can be severe in terms of hail and winds (both straight winds and circulating tornadic systems). When we do have enough precipitation in the spring where seeds germinate, the plants don’t want to grow very well (even plants I never had problems growing elsewhere like flowers and cactus).

So I took a cue from Israel’s success making the desert flourish by using low-water-use irrigation in my vegetable garden — and the results have been amazing!…

…People seemed a lot more open to talking at the fair about Israel’s drip irrigation techniques than the previous year.  That might not seem very much, but I thought it was an enormous gain for positively promoting Israel, Jewish ingenuity, as well as religious concepts of Judaism in my region.  This may be hard to believe with a lot of anti-semitism occurring elsewhere, but many church-attending Christians actually want to learn basics in Jewish beliefs and the Hebrew language because they realize it helps them understand the true roots of Christianity….”

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