Growing grapevines does not require much watering. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
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.
Analysis: Hezbollah will talk to keep Hariri Gov. in office
Hariri puts resignation on hold after Aoun's request
Bassil defends government over Hezbollah
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE