Waste Not, Water Not
By and large, my family’s move to Rhode Island has been quite comfortable. Sure, it’s smaller than Maine, way louder than Maine and the traffic can be miserable. But the people are friendly, the local farming and gardening heritage is thriving and the weather has been spectacular. Plenty of sun, but more than enough rain to keep lawns and gardens green without irrigation. That’s part of the reason I found great irony this week in an article in the local newspaper about a Rhode Island campaign urging people to reduce their lawn watering this summer: http://www.projo.com/news/content/nuwatering_lawns_07-05-11_HDP0O7D_v7.42a6e.html. With folks across the nation mired in historic droughts, some folks in my new neighborhood apparently feel water is so plentiful they can basically pour it straight down the storm drain.