Xeriscape™ Catchy Name – Common Sense

Many parts of the US are suffering from a long running dry spell. It is past time for states, cities, homeowners associations to re-look and reconsider how public areas, business and home landscaping is regulated.

In this old guys opinion the days of large lush green lawns and water hogging landscape plants is no longer a viable plan.

Even if you live in an area that receives adequate rainfall, soil and water conservation should be high on your garden and landscaping plan.

Terms like Xeriscape™ Zeroscape, Permaculture and Sustainable agriculture {Gardens and Landscapes} are popping up everywhere. What they all have in common is getting the most bang for your $buck. They are also nothing new! It is relearning what our parents and grandparents knew from childhood.
In the days before cities and farms had ‘electric’ powered pumps capable of lifting millions of gallons of water from deep underground.

In my childhood living in the country. No one had nice green grass lawns. Front yards were reserved for a few mostly wildflowers, maybe a hollyhock or two and an assortment of native fruit bearing vines, bushes and trees. Many plants, both native and those developed, improved and planted for flowering gardens or for food supply.

When is a weed a wild flower? Well that all depends on which side of the fence your standing on.
When it is growing where you want it to grow and produces a flower that you like seeing it’s a wild flower.
Other wise it’s a weed. Almost all weeds produce wildly colorful flowers and will freely reseed and come back in greater masses next growing season.

Wildflowers will grow and even thrive with little or no attention from you. You need not worry about watering, fertilizing or tilling around them. After all they were a weed before you planted it in your landscape!

Wild Sand Cherry in bloom

Wild Plum mid July

Small native fruiting plants like Sand Cherry and Native American plums are a great addition to your landscape. Many farmers and ranchers consider these plants to be weeds and go to great lengths to kill them out of their fields and pastures.

After their first year or so in your landscape they will need no special care, water or fertilizers to provide a flashy show of flowers in the spring and then a nice crop of fresh fruit in late summer or early fall.

Be a good boy and eat your weeds. Many of the plants we call weeds are edible in salads raw or cooked like Spinach. They are a healthy and free addition to any salad or home cooked meal.

Edible Weeds and Native Plants by Healthy Home Gardening.

Edible Weeds by Landscape-America.com

Not from the USA! Please leave me a comment if nothing more than : Your Name, City/Town and Country Thanks

Why is common sense so uncommon?
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3 responses to “Xeriscape™ Catchy Name – Common Sense

  1. I’m glad I came over and read your pleasant post because I just got done reading this (http://www.kltv.com/story/29912336/university-of-tennessee-ditches-gender-pronouns?clienttype=generic) and I desperately needed cheering up.

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    • Grin … I saw that a few day past.
      FYI – The first person that calls me ‘ze’ is going to discover I’m a he and he just knocked ‘ze’ on his butt.

      Happy Gardening

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