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Neal Spackman
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Neal:

Your project is always an inspiration. As I was watching the first part of the video I kept wondering - "but how about the swales and the trees??" Thank you for showing them and commenting on how much water you're storing in the ground.

Question: Are some of your tree species doing better than others. Have all types survived?
 
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Watching your video it made Saudi Arabia look just like my backyard. The mountains in the distance, the dry landscape. The arid landscape trees. Yep, we could be neighbors.

Great work!! I am looking forward to seeing follow-up videos.
 
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Jennifer,

The zizyphus, Moringa, and Acacia have done the best so far but this month is the first time we are getting any prosopis and leucaena in. The parkensonia and Albizia Lebekh have done okay but not great. The casuarina and Sesbania have grown the least and died the most.

Thanks for the kind words about the project.

Brett, I would give my left eye to have 13" of rain a year that is in your profile. We average less than 2.

 
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Brett Andrzejewski wrote:Watching your video it made Saudi Arabia look just like my backyard. The mountains in the distance, the dry landscape. The arid landscape trees. Yep, we could be neighbors.


Yeah - I had that same thought - looks like some areas around Phoenix!

Neal Spackman wrote: Brett, I would give my left eye to have 13" of rain a year that is in your profile. We average less than 2.


Neal - as a woman with sight in only one eye, you may want to reconsider. But I completely get where you're coming from! I thought it was bad when we lived in Somalia and it rained twice the 2.5 years we were there. And one of those times, it freakishly rained on the neighbor's house and not ours.

Neal - if you're ever up for an interview, let me know. I'd love to learn more about your project and I'll bet there's lots of interest amongst the drylanders here.

Keep up the good work - those trees should take off now!
 
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Hi Neal-

Thanks for this inspiring update! In the video you mention that you can now double the number of trees you have planted and irrigate them for 6 years. I briefly popped by your website, but admittedly didn't delve very deeply. Where does your irrigation water come from? Is there a page on your website or somewhere else on the internet where you describe the project in a bit more detail? I'm very intrigued. The water catchment is very impressive. And the mushrooms made my day when I saw them. Keep up the great work and please keep the video and photo updates coming!
 
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