Grow Food Not Lawns – Grass Is For Cows, Sheep And Goats

lawn 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.

sweet-corn 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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11 responses to “Grow Food Not Lawns – Grass Is For Cows, Sheep And Goats

  1. I absolutely agree. I have been gradually replacing our lawn with beds for veg and shrubs. It’s a big garden, though, and very shaded, so I let half of the grass just grow long through the summer & cut it down in the autumn (with shears – back-breaking but it’s only once a year). The long grass feeds, houses and hides loads of wildlife.


  2. WOOT! I agree 100%. Re: “may have to plant a few real flowers.” Planting flowers near and around vegetable beds is a critical element (in my opinion and experience) of organic gardening (for those who are interested in organics). They aren’t just for “pretty-fying” the neighborhood. They draw and shelter beneficial insects. So plant them around/among your front lawn vegetable beds… to help your garden, not to pacify your neighbors!


  3. Sounds good! I’ve been sneaking veggies and herbs into my front flower beds for a couple years now. Peppers and eggplant look great out there as well as most cabbage crops (assuming you keep the worms off).
    I was just reading about montsanto and their new roundup ready lawn grass… Might make getting rid of the lawn even harder, and since grass is my number one weed I spray against…. I see a future pia


  4. I got rid of my lawn for the very reason it had nothing to offer (except dandelions and hayfever). Happy gardening, too!


  5. I LOVE this idea! I have to tackle an issue in my sustainability course and this has given me another great option! Thanks!


  6. One way to “disguise” this would be to plant a row of perennial flowers/bushes across the front of the yard and have the boxes behind it….just a thought!


  7. Still have snow, but I’m anxious to get started on that garden.


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