Growing Food, Not Lawn


With spring around the corner and seed catalogs in hand (I’m reading Baker Creek, Territorial Seed and Siskiyou Seeds!), my mind has been racing with ideas about how to grow more food, and not lawn, in 2015. Several years ago, determined to be water-wise, I turned the backyard of my new home from lawn and weeds to this:


With so much uncertainty now, though, about our nation’s food supply and the growth of GMO’s in the food chain, it’s time to give some love to the house’s forelorn frontage that, sadly, looks like this after years of exposure to neighborhood weed seeds:

Lawn Before2

But last week, this short video lit my fire and set me on a path of no return in growing food. I won’t be hiding out in the seclusion of the backyard but out front ready for neighborly conversation.

Follow me on Facebook to watch the transformation to what a “front yard garden” can be year round. Well, all except for the zoo. If you watched the video you’ll know what I mean!

Get the liniment ready!

Photos 2 and 3: Barb Magee

Top photo: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources / Foter / CC BY-ND

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