Gardens not Lawns

There are lots of encouraging signs these days that our food culture is transforming for the better.  One of them is the increasing number of people who are turning their lawns into gardens.

A particularly impressive example of it is HERE.

I read that as a result of the drought, Los Angeles is considering providing incentives for people to replace their lawns with astroturf. It would be a lot more sensible to encourage them to replace them with gardens instead. Raised bed drip irrigation wouldn’t require much water and the residents would get nutritious food to boot. It’s great to see that there is a proposal to give tax credits to owners of vacant lots in South L.A. who turn them into urban farms. That’s the kind of good sense that I hope we start seeing everywhere.

Manicured grass lawns are a recent invention, created as a feature of suburbs and in imitation of the lawns of the English aristocracy (and having been made possible for the middle class by the invention of the lawnmower). Lawns make no sense unless they’re grazed by sheep, and even then gardens are better.

Maybe our cultural love of lawns will soon be a thing of the past, replaced by a new-found appreciation of gardens.