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  •  I don't own any land (2+ / 0-)
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    environmentalist, LaughingPlanet

    but I do "improve" my local parks by encouraging certain plants (mostly edibles of the local or non-invasive kind) and discouraging others. Imagine how much local food we could grow if people could just wrap their brains around the fact that We. Don't. Need. Grass. If there's every been a larger waste of resources, I don't know what it is.

    Thanks for this diary, and I look forward to part II.

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    by wide eyed lib on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 07:54:04 PM PDT

    •  This is oh too true: (2+ / 0-)
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      LaughingPlanet, wide eyed lib

      the fact that We. Don't. Need. Grass.

      My mom's place would be perfect for a food forest.  She could grow TONS of food...chickens, etc included...but she'd rather mow the grass twice a week....

      •  Ugh... you probably don't want to get me started (2+ / 0-)
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        environmentalist, LaughingPlanet

        We took an idiotic European tradition (the elite had enough land and wealth that they could allow most of it to be ornamental) and turned it into a middle class pursuit. It's a waste of money, a waste of water, a waste of oil (both in fertilizer and in gas for mowers and trimmers) and a waste of space.

        People have entirely forgotten that you can use ground covers to create green lawns that virtually never need mowing. Thyme makes a fantastic, fragrant lawn, and I'm a huge fan of white clover and common blue violet for lawns as well. All are beautiful, low maintenance (in the right climate, of course) and edible.

        And the worst part is that now many people live in chartered communities that won't allow anything BUT useless, green, monoculture, grass carpets. Truly makes me ill to even think about it.

        Interested in identifying and eating wild plants? Check out my foraging diaries.

        by wide eyed lib on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 08:12:33 PM PDT

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