This is going to sound a stupid question, but why, in our own private gardens, do we have grass lawns
Sure, if they are maintained they look pretty, they are generally an attractive shade of green, and they’re more comfortable to lie upon or walk upon than tarmac, concrete, or any other less attractive alternative. They are also great if you just happen to have a herd of sheep, llama or any other type of grazing animal, or if you want to be pre warned of any bible thumpers, marauding bandits or would be councillors/politicians, who might want to come hammering on your door. But beyond that, and beyond such dubious concerns as perceived social etiquette and wisdom, the question still remains.
Why, when so many options lie before us, do we cherish our beloved grass lawns? Take the two examples below, for example, what is their purpose, and what value do they have to the body, the environment, or to the mind?
Curiously enough the weedy one is more useful as it does at least contain dandilions which are both edible and very efficacious in the treatment of numerous illnesses, but if we want to grow something, and we have the space and suitable environment to do so, why not grow something more interesting or, God forbid, something that we can consume or provide so as to lessen our household bills or assist in our local community?
Am I saying we all need to become Good life devotees, or buy huge plots of land so as to feed a town or city, no not at all, but it is remarkable what can be done in a very small area with a relatively small investment of cash or time. How do I know about such things, because, in our own back garden, such a change has been made. What used to be poor garden soil and rough grass is now a two tiered raised vegetable bed, and, apart from dandelions, The crop less splodge of green now provides easy growing crops as lettuce, tomatoes, radish, onions, courgettes, green beans and peas of all shapes and sizes.
Are there any drawbacks to such ventures, sure there are. Slugs and snails are most appreciative of your efforts, cats and dogs adore the freshly prepared soil that you have just prepared for planting, and any underlying joint or back problems will undoubtedly resurface with joy; but when was the last time you ate a really fresh salad, or picked fresh fruit from a bush or a tree? Finally the neighbours might have something so say, especially in more refined centres of excellence, but don’t worry about that too much, as the prospect of fresh veg from your neighbours garden is always a draw
So this is the challenge I lay before anyone with a patch of sail or a garden. Why not get out there, sew or few seeds or plant a tray of young veg, and watch as they grow and grow. It’s easy, it’s healthy, fresh garden goodies taste fantastic, and it’s fun to watch things grow
Oh yes, slugs and snails love to get tipsy, terminally tipsy I grant you, but then what a way to go!
Just a thought., that’s all. Have a slugdacious day