Growing grapevines does not require much watering. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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With more than 30 years of experience growing crops, Abi Saber is uniquely positioned to give Lebanese gardeners a piece of advice that will soon become indispensable: Choose your trees carefully."Let people grow trees and plants that don't require much watering," he said, almost shouting to be heard over the din of trucks passing his Mount Lebanon shop nestled in the heart of Kfar Amay. He points to the garden of his neighbor, who has filled his land with water-intensive fruit trees and also has a pond. Lebanon is almost certain to face a water shortage this year following insufficient rainfall during the annual wet months. Some fruit trees, for example, need less water than others and can also provide a hefty yield. Georges Battikha, horticulture professor at AUB, said that although such plants didn't need much water in the summer, they tended to need more during the winter.Younger trees also tend to need more water.Experts such as Battikha and Obeid emphasized the importance of growing trees rather than ornamental plants and vegetables, as most tend to require more water.
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