Suburbanites! How’s that lawn treating you? As we all know, perfectly-manicured turf has been a status symbol of sorts since the heyday of Eisenhower. But the dark side of the sprawl floats to the surface when you look at how much water and chemical fertilizer is dumped into the average front yard.
In response, a Petaluma, CA neighborhood came together to help one environmentally-conscious (and labor-conscious—lawns are a lot of work) resident flip the turf to an edible garden. In one day. Pretty dang impressive.
There are plenty of benefits to having a garden in place of a lawn, beyond the environmental impact—a near-constant supply of vegetables, for one. Have you ever considered dipping out on the status quo and going rogue with tomato plants and alliums? —MN