The manicured lawn is an American classic. It evokes images of Dad with his backyard grill and Mom wearing pearls and a crisp apron. It’s an idyllic scene, but a bit outdated. These days, eating your lawn is the new trend, and for good reason.
For one thing, the manicured lawn is only possible with copious amounts of pesticides, weed killers, and synthetic fertilizers. The neat, green, square lawn is, essentially, artificial. An edible lawn will boost your family’s health, save you time and money, and look beautiful and natural. Gas-powered mowers and other lawn equipment are another environmental concern.
Here are some ideas of how to turn your lawn into a salad.
1. Leave It Alone
If you simply stop coddling your lawn – no more fertilizer or pesticide and minimal mowing – weeds will begin to grow. Many of these weeds are valuable foods. Here are some examples of common weeds that are healthful to humans.
More obvious wild foods may make an appearance, such as “brambles” which actually turn out to be wild blackberries or raspberries.
There are many, many more edibles that nature provides.
2. Plant Foods
While you are busy doing nothing to your lawn, you can plant some edibles as well. Try some vegetables and herbs. It really does not take that much space to grow tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, or cucumbers. Greens such as kale, chard and spinach are lush and healthful. It just takes a bit of planning to fit it all together in a small space.
Basil, oregano, and lemon balm will freely cover your lawn and provide a tasty base for sauces and lovely additions to salads and sandwiches.
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