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  •  Got a lawn? Dig it up and plant food. (13+ / 0-)

    I distinctly remember reading about someone growing 15 pounds of rice in a kiddie pool.  Now suppose everyone in the country who had space for a kiddie pool did that.  How much rice is that?  Suppose every suburbanite in the country ripped out their lawns and flower beds and planted food instead: how much food would that be?  If you don't live in a planned community, then no-one can stop you from doing it.

    The rules of agriculture change dramatically at the very small scale: like relativity yielding to quantum mechanics.  Low-tech labor-intensive practices become quite manageable.  That goes double if you plan on eating the food rather than selling it.

    Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

    by Visceral on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:11:34 AM PST

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      Fe Bongolan, Joieau

      i'm lucky both me and my partner loathe mowing. We loathe it so much last year we paid someone to do it (and we barely have any money as it is). We have a large lawn, that increasingly is falling beneath my garden, as it should.

      Eventually I'm going to have fruiting shrubs and fruit trees and other fun things, and very little lawn.

      (need to keep some for the dog...but she already has her area, so it won't be a problem.)

      just a little bit bored.

      by terrypinder on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:58:43 AM PST

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