Thursday, March 20, 2008

Cows Grazing in the Rumpus Room

 

Rip out your lawn and plant a garden? And while you are at it,  add a chicken coop, a hog wallow and a fish pond. But make sure to check with your local zoning board and get all the proper permits.

Cows Grazing in the Rumpus Room - Allison Arieff - By Design - Opinion - New York Times Blog

6 comments:

citqs said...

Cool article. Just put Fritz Haeg's _Edible_Estates:_Attack_on_the_Front_Lawn_ on my Amazon wishlist.

Not a homeowner yet, but I envision my "attacked" front lawn with a cornstalk fence along the property line, a Common Fig flanking each side of the house, a grapevined trellis over the front door, bush-sized herb plants in boxes, bright colors popping from red pepper plants, eggplant and yellow squash (summer), red cabbages, varicolored pumpkins (fall) and just to thumb my nose at Monsanto . . . two huge boxes full of dandilion plants for salad greens.

How would you "attack" your front yard? BdG, Foodist or anybody?

Scotty said...

I have always considered grass a waste unless you graze sheep on it. Front yard - herb garden. Back - crops - with space for the hot tub.

mimi said...

ZOMG ITS MY DAD

Bob del Grosso said...

My front yard is very steep with 18 % grades in some areas, so an orchard or vineyard is what I'd do I would.

boberica said...

Isn't spring great?!
We just laid soil for our first legit 20x20 organic garden in our first back yard in our first home, and this article is super inspiring. Our friends out in the country have been suplying us with raw goats milk to make feta, and crotin, now we'll finally have something from the backyard to accompany.
Recently we made acquaintance with 2 ladies who run Your Backyard Farmer. For a nominal fee they supply all the knowledge, seeds, starters and repeated visits to keep you on track. It's a real great thing their doing with much success in Portland, Oregon.
The best thing is their seed stock is all heirloom and organic. They had all the Korean ingredients we could imagine for my wifes recipes. We're so excited to be growing our own perilla, green top radish, and mugwart. I guess it's the little things...

Linda said...

Sigh. It snowed today.