posted on Aug, 16 2010 @ 08:49 AM
I've got a drainage ditch running along side my road that is just screaming at me to plant some onions and other tube plants. And my back yard,
after having to root out 3 trees that were frost bitten, look good for my first ever try at horticulture. That's right, I'm going to replace my
lawn with an edible garden.
It takes more than lots of sunlight for crops to grow, and some places are flooding out while others are burning up. I probably will not plant any
wheat or grains, but I will plant edible roots (love the sweet potatos), vine fruits (tomatos), and other yummies I haven't decided on yet.
No matter what happens in the next decade, I think everyone should reevaluate their allotted/owned land and rethink the idea of what lawns could be
used for. I've eaten grass as a little kid in the past, but it lacks everything but fiber. It's good to walk on and manage, and I will keep grass
in the front yard (and back yard in areas).
And if the government tries to tell me I cannot have food crops in my front yard by the street (the drainage ditch is an easement or gov owned), that
isn't going to stop me. Why would it? I tend the grass there, and will tend the onions as well. The biggest problem I see is rodents and bugs.
Gotta look into that.
The idea of neighborhood gardens never really caught on except for HOA/POA managed areas, and that's a shame. I've got 10020sqft of land, minus the
house, 3 trees, and a fence. The front yard is mostly shaded by my huge oak (that sheds 8 of 12 months) so I'll keep it mostly in the back yard.
Whatever happens globally, be it flooding, fires, severe weather, rising prices, genetic manipulation, or what not, I am able and now willing to
supply at least some of my own food.