Chantel's Blog

Gimme Green!

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My front "lawn"

Let's talk about lawns.  I hate lawns.  I think they are boring, flat, and take too much maintenance and watering.  I hate mowing the lawn.  I hate edging the lawn.  I hate watering the lawn, in fact I don't water the lawn so it dies and then I don't have to mow it.  Lawns suck.


I have dug up most of the front lawn at my house, much to my neighbors' surprise and puzzlement.  Slowly, but surely, all of the front lawn will be gone.  I've dug it all the old fashioned way, with a shovel.


My front "lawn" is now a virtual jungle of sweet peas, blueberries, potatoes, tomatoes, corn, beans, hops, pumpkin, zucchini, acorn squash, pear trees, an apple tree, sunflowers, and lots of perennials.  People walk by and ask, "Is that corn? And pumpkin?"  They often stop and point to various parts of my yard, chatting with their friend about what I'm growing on my small city lot.  I love it!  As I walk around my beautiful town, I see front yard veggie gardens springing up everywhere.  The Eat Local Movement is alive and thriving.  And since pesticides are banned in my town, I know that these veggie gardens are pesticide-free, safe and healthy to eat.  Now that my neighbors have seen what my "lawn" has become, they are enjoying the sweet pea bouquets and the thought of fresh corn to come!

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A pumpkin basking in the summer sun in the front yard.



Comments (3)

I'm with you Chantel! I think lawns are boring too. I got rid of my front lawn... it took 3 years with shovel. I just have perenials... and a shrub or 2. It's too shady for veg. Too bad, you sound like you have a great mix there.

Ingrid | July 28, 2009 at 5:11 PM


This is very cool, you should start an initiative at our job! I followed the facebook link. Great to see your enthusiasm for plants.

Jackie | July 22, 2009 at 11:37 AM

I LOVE it!! lol What a good job you have done. I have always wanted to do what you have done, plant vegetables in the front yard. My congratulations on this wonderful project! The photo of the pumpkin 'basking in the sun' is perfect.

gary | July 22, 2009 at 1:53 AM
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