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Converting Your Lawn to More Practical Uses...

This is a discussion on Converting Your Lawn to More Practical Uses... within the Recycling, Composting, Reducing, Reuse, Environment forums, part of the Off-Grid Lifestyle category; As some of you may know, most of my yard is comprised of raised beds for vegetable gardening and some ornamental flowering bushes to attract ...

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    Converting Your Lawn to More Practical Uses...

    As some of you may know, most of my yard is comprised of raised beds for vegetable gardening and some ornamental flowering bushes to attract bees for pollenation. This year I added 2 more raised beds in the form of Stock Tanks and this winter I plan on adding a few more in place of my grass, which is a Emerald Zoysia Grass; a drought resistant warm weather durable grass that requires less maintenance.

    Of course I don't have to deal with Neighbors or a Home Owners Association, but if done correctly, it can look nice as well as highly functional...

    This year, I'm down to around 1200 Square Feet of Zoysia Grass and hope to reduce that in half over the next few years. I don't mind keeping some grass, as it just looks nice, but the more I can grow veggies, herbs or useful plants, the better I will be!

    Here's a couple of links to get you in the right frame of mind...
    https://gardentherapy.ca/raised-vegetable-garden/
    https://www.thegardenlady.org/conver...etable-garden/
    https://realfarmacy.com/lawn-to-garden/
    https://www.motherearthnews.com/natu...s-ze0z1905zwoo

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    I do also have a vegetable garden in my house. Nobody here minds what you plant on your yard, as long as it is kept clean (not overrun with weeds or full of trash).
    I have a small area, but I have fruit trees, spices and vegetables, and flowers as well. Last year we had squash planted in the walkway, nobody said a thing about it.

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    I think a lot more about dual purpose planting than I used to. I'd like more herbs but we don't have many optimal sun/shade spaces for it.
    Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe....

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    double post
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    Plant what you can eat. Perrenials/long lived/orchard if feassable. Lots are spring/summer/fall ornimentals

    Why spend $$$$$$$$$$$ on flowers if the $$$$$$$ could feed you all year???????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Trapper View Post

    Why spend $$$$$$$$$$$ on flowers if the $$$$$$$ could feed you all year???????
    Because flowers are pretty and we like them <3

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    Our grass feeds the horse. It is an essential part of our homestead.

    We do have some raised beds for vegetables, but they have been dormant last year and this year. That is the wife's area, and old age and disability has slowed her down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yavanna View Post
    Because flowers are pretty and we like them <3
    Many are edible in a pinch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rice paddy daddy View Post
    Our grass feeds the horse. It is an essential part of our homestead.

    We do have some raised beds for vegetables, but they have been dormant last year and this year. That is the wife's area, and old age and disability has slowed her down.
    My dogs go out and eat the grass, too. But that's bad for dogs. The little guy got coccidiosis, which is some kind of bacteria that's spread from wild animals. Cost me $260.71 in vet bills this week.

    I hope your wife is doing okay...

    I miss horseback riding. Do you do much riding?
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    Another bit of information on converting a yard to a veggie garden.
    https://outlawgarden.com/2012/07/13/...he-front-yard/

 

 
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