FYI I can’t verify these acreages, but, it sounds about right to this old country boy.
Cass County Sustainability Committee
Lawn acreage in the U.S. totals 40.5 million acres at an annual cost of $30 billion in maintenance, according to Food Not Lawns KC.
This equates to more than 7 billion gallons of water and 3 million tons of fertilizers just for keeping up these grass lawn areas.
Beat the city counsel at their own game. Build 3×3 or 4×4 raised beds. Paint them a pleasing color that compliments your house color(s). Select and plant bush type vegetables that have colorful flowers that will soon turn into fresh cooked table foods or salads.
Plant bush type vegetables like yellow summer squash and cucumbers. They have showy bright yellows that are followed by colorful fruits. The same is true for bush type tomato’s.
Okra has lovely large flowers. Plant Okra and corn far away from the street. Okra can reach 4 or 5 foot in height. The same is true for sweet corn. Being five or six feet tall is not uncommon. Planting a small 3×3 foot corn bed will produce 18 ears of fresh corn. (4×4 bed) will produce 32 ears of sweet corn. After harvest remove and replace corn plants with fall blooming flowers, or other cool weather vegetable plants. Or save them (corn plants) for Halloween and Thanksgiving ornamental yard decorations.
Beans and peas also produce eye pleasing plants and flowers.
Maybe an eye catching strawberry bed with their white flowers followed by a crop of bright red fruit.
Hint * You may want or need to plant a few ‘real’ flowers here and there to distract street viewing eyes from the fact that you mostly have a few small raised beds full of vegetables.
* Keep your raised beds neat, clean, weed free.
* Paint your raised beds a pleasing color(s).
* Remove dead or dieing plants, replace with with healthy eye pleasing new plants.* Plant tall plants far from the street.
* Consider planting 2 to 4 dwarf fruit trees this adds points of interest to your yard as well as fresh fruit to your table.
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