There are two really large lawn yards on either side of our house and some lawn in front of it. Behind our house (the back 2/3 of our property) there is also lawn, but most of it is outbuildings, gardens and a small orchard. Ever since we moved here five-some years ago, we have bemoaned the amount of lawn we have flanking our house. Lawn is such a poor use of land. We can't (well, don't) eat the grass. The kids are too small to play in those front lawn areas because a busy road is nearby. It takes gas (via mowing) to keep it under control and neat looking. Then, there is the waste of time spent mowing all of it.
We've toyed with several ideas over the years as to what to do with the lawn/land. Some of our ideas have been; blueberry bushes (lots of them), wildflower gardens, wheat patches (to feed us and our chickens), more red raspberry bushes and a field of asparagus (yes, we love it that much). We love all those ideas, but with Jamey keeping busy with pharmacy school, adding a baby to the mix last summer, homeschooling and general maintenance and care of three children, a marriage, a home, garden and chickens, we decided to wait a bit, bite the bullet and mow it for now.
That's where my brother comes in. He lives nearby and started talking about his interest in growing sunflowers to sell around town. We cleared our throats and raised our hands and, as quick as we could muster, offered any and all of our lawn yard for the cause. My brother is more than welcome to use the lawn yard (and the one on the other side of the house if he likes) for as long as he wants. When he's done with it, we will have a 40 x 70 foot bed ready to support wheat or red raspberries or asparagus.
Do you know what I'm going to see out my kitchen window in a month or so? A little field of sunflowers. And, the best part? Jamey and I don't have to lift a finger. And I now have less to mow (less gas to buy, less pollution to send into the air). Now do you understand why I'm so excited?
Now, for those of you who are local, some of these sunflowers will be for sale at the end of our driveway. I'll keep you posted as to when they will be ready and I'll be showing many pictures of the progress of my brother's sunflower beds. Thanks so much for helping make my sharing of our plans so much more exciting by participating in my little contest. You're all so fun:-).
If you'd like to learn more about decreasing your lawn, google "lawn alternatives" and read this entertaining article on losing your lawn. Pin It