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Lawn to Food? Watch The Evolution

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Are lawns a waste of resources or a useful amenity?  Watch this lawn become very useful.

Traditional grass lawns are typically watered, mowed, raked and watered again.  Grass lawns are considered by some an activity hobby that increases the home and neighborhood value.  By others they are resource wasters of water and energy adding no “useful” value to neighborhoods.

How does one do both?  Have a lawn in the neighborhood that is useful as well as a hobby that does not waste resources.  Consider the idea of a garden lawn.  A lawn that people can eat and enjoy!

Read through below and view the images of just that kind of project.  Share what you think, useful or wasteful?

This used to be a lawn. It started with eight 6’x4′ raised beds with 1″x10″x10′ reclaimed wood.

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The beds were lined with cardboard and filled with fresh compost.

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Many seeds were sown directly, some were germinated.

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Watering method set up & walkways covered in cardboard and wood chips.

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Cinder blocks were filled with compost and used as a border to contain wood chips. Flowers & herbs were planted to create a honey bee sanctuary & deter pests.

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Arugula came first and can continue growing.

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Followed by …

Beets

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Radishes

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Carrots

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Peas

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The harvest became overwhelming! So this sign was installed at the sidewalk, next to a box filled with extras for the neighborhood.

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And the garden kept growing…

onions

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Hot Peppers

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Cherry Tomatoes

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No garden is complete without flowers. Flowers attract the pollinators like honey bees and butterflies, some are edible, while others are pest repellers and they are ‘pretty.’

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And those cinder blocks … here is the after with herbs of lavender & basil.

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The final lawn project …

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Compared to the neighbor lawn. Which would you like to see and benefit from?

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For the full article and more images go to Grow Food Not Lawns

 

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