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The area that will become the Hantz Woodlands. Photo by Joseph Murphy/Bassett & Bassett.

The area that will become the Hantz Woodlands. Photo by Joseph Murphy/Bassett & Bassett.

In the past few years, more cities have been creating community vegetable garden plots and even urban “food forests” of fruit and nut trees. Now an entrepreneur in crumbling Detroit is applying that idea on a large scale. While it’s not without controversy, a 140-acre forest/tree farm is a lot better than 140 acres of abandoned properties. http://m.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/10/140-acre-forest-about-materialize-middle-detroit/7371/

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You don’t have to live in the High Desert to know that conserving water is a good thing, but it is especially important in this arid climate. I was glad to see recently crews working on replacing some street median plantings in Bend OR with native plants and rock mulch. At my own place I continue to work on crafting an attractive landscape with native and other drought-tolerant plants, and I see more and more homeowners adopting the principles of xeriscaping too.
If you have a good-looking landscape that uses drip irrigation, or native/drought-tolerant plantings, or greatly limits turfgrass, enter this photo contest. You could inspire others to do likewise.

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