. . . Lawns
In my opinion, it’s a bit ridiculous to plant huge areas of our earth with what is essentially a three-foot hay crop; spend time and money, fertiliser and water, trying to make it into a uniformly green ground cover and THEN spend more time cutting it to two or three inches in height! And how often do you see anyone sitting on the front lawn, enjoying it? Oh, I forgot; that’s not why we have lawns, is it?
We apparently have lawns as a visual reassurance to others that we are just like them. Don’t believe me? In many communities there are laws about keeping yards uniform with the neighbours’ yards.
This can be good if it means not going out each day and being confronted by heaps of garbage and rusting hulks.
But what if you want to grow your own? Food, that is . . .
For the past few years, I have been reading stories of people who have created productive food gardens in their front yards and then were forced to destroy them or be fined huge amounts.
Why? With so many going hungry, not just in third world countries, but here in Canada, the USA and other so-called first world countries, why do we not cheer when someone takes steps to grow food, even in a very small way? Why is uniformity, of homes, but even more so, of people, the most valued characteristic, when we know that monocultures are so unhealthy?
Are we really so insecure that we cannot deal with the fact that people make different choices and have different preferences?
What if we choose to observe the choices of others, then examine our own? or are we trying to avoid that? Why?
Back to Lawns . . .
Does anyone ever ask ‘Why lawns’? Does anyone make different choices about the use of the ground around their house?
What would happen if one out of every two or three homes had a food garden in front, instead of a lawn?
Now for the positive . . .
In some communities, people ARE being encouraged to grow food. Some now allow a few chickens. A handful are allowing a milk goat!! I feel joy when I read those stories; may there be more . . . Until growing your osn is so commonplace it’s no longer newsworthy . . .
I know there are lots of other resources out there, but I’m out of time. Feel free to share your links and comments.
Spring or Autumn, enjoy your garden or any garden today!!