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I’ve notice in the last few of months that my neighborhood in Westchester is changing. There are many older homes being renovated and many are changing front yards to drought tolerant landscapes. Although I sometimes wonder who their designers are, I am thrilled that people are rethinking their water use.

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My front yard has been an experiment for the last 15 years. I’ve been trying different ideas, re-thinking the traditional front yard lawn. As some of you know, I grew strawberries for about 5 years so it was time to try something new again. I removed the strawberry patch and planted a variety of vegetables that my wife and I enjoy: zucchinis, tomatoes, eggplants, and green peppers.

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Now vegetables are not drought tolerant and they need water. My wife suggested why don’t we capture our warming water from our morning showers in buckets and use it for the garden. As it turns out both of us generate about 3 to 4 gallons of water each day, enough to irrigate all of our veggies. I am thrilled by what has transpired in the last 30 days.

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