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  • Deb

    I’ve gotten really into the idea of gardening lately. I have a patio, and I have some stuff growing in containers, but I want to do more. I want to grow as much as possible. It started as a vauge idea that I should grow some herbs, and maybe a tomato plant. Then I saw “Food Not Lawns” on AK Press’ website when I started looking for resources on gardening. I was talking to some friends about it at Bluestockings (actually, I think that was the day you talked about Aftershock, for some ironic coincidence! we had a few hours to hang out there before your talk) and someone sitting nearby overheard me, and was really excited that I was talking about this, because she was very passionate about it. “It” being the idea of growing everything possible in whatever space we find to grow things in urban areas.

    Anyway, I recently read “Food Not Lawns” cover to cover, and I simply can’t recommend it strongly enough. The author is not an animal rights person, so there were a couple of things I did find disturbing in it, but overall, if you want to know how to build an entire ecosystem in your backyard, or just how to do organic container gardening in your windowsill, she covers things that it simply wouldn’t occur to me to even think about. She even talks about letting the weeds grow, and never pulling a “weed” until you’ve identified it. Not only might it be a welcome volunteer, but even if it is a plant you don’t want in your garden, identifying it first will give you a clue as to the health of your soil.

    She talks about composting, slime monsters, all kinds of things. It was a really exciting book to read. I wrote a review of it for Herbivore – I think it will be in the June online edition. It really got me fired up, and I think it is a really great resource for everyone. If I remember the number correctly, she says that a 25 sq ft garden can grow 100 lbs of food a year! I think we tend to think of gardening as something that people in the “country” can do, but the truth is that it is incredibly important to make use of urban areas to grow as much food as we can, if we’re to care about the earth.

    So that would be my recommendation. I’m very new to gardening myself, so I don’t have any experience (other than to say my weeds are growing quite nicely! lol) to add to what you shared. I’m so excited to really get my garden going, to get my composting started, and whenever I walk around my neighborhood I’m looking at areas that might make good spots to do a little guerilla gardening.

  • Thanks for mentioning Food Not Lawns, which I am eager to read. I’ll look for that review in Herbivore Magazine, to which all readers of this blog should subscribe.

    I got much of my initial gardening information from a book called Small Space, Big Harvest. While I (obviously) disagree with the author’s endorsement of animal-based soil amendments, I found his tips on making the most out of small space invaluable. Those include growing vertically (up poles, fences, trellises, and make-shift contraptions) and using dynamic plant groupings rather than rows, with the plants closer together than the seed packets recommend. As the plants grow, their foliage eventually shades all of the ground, thereby saving water.

  • Charlotte

    I hate lawns. Chrystos, a (definitely not animal-rights oriented) Native lesbian poet, has a LOT to say about how destructive they are… Wish I could find or remember the exact poem or even a few lines — I don’t have the book accessible though.

    Even still, I thought I would just share my hatred of lawns — not only a complete waste of land and space that all SORTS of animals and plants could otherwise be using (including humans), but a way of “managing” nature that is particularly poisonous to everyone.


  • Deb

    I’ll have to look for that book as well. It sounds like it will have some great info for me trying to get started. I was shopping at mom’s today (my organic market, a local organic store) and was interested to note that they’re selling … I think they called it soil “tea”. Something like that. I know it was talked about in Food Not Lawns as well, where you make a “tea” out of mature compost. There is still a question of what their compost is made of that they’re using to make the tea, but it reminded me that in general there are many things you can do (as FNL and Small Space, Big Harvest obviously both talk about) to improve the health of the soil without adding in animal stuff or chemical stuff.

    Charlotte, Food Not Lawns really opened my eyes to how destructive and wasteful lawns are. I just never thought about it before, I guess. But I definitely agree – lawns are really obvious symbols of some pretty ugly things.

  • Pattrice, I started gardening in the suburbs many years ago for the same reason as you: tomatoes. Which seem to thrive in the DC area. I never had a garden as wondrous or diverse as yours, though!

    I’ve become very interested in veganic gardening lately and have been browsing the web off and on the last several weeks for information.

    I’ll have to read Food Not Lawns as well as Deb’s review. We let our lawn become overrun by “weeds” such as crabgrass, clover, dandelions, and wild onions long ago, but I still wonder about – and have to contend with – the social pressure to have a “manicured” lawn-looking thing in front of the house. It seems so arbitrary. Perhaps Food Not Lawns sheds some light on this.

    Side note: You ever see commercial grounds crews spraying herbicides on tufts of weeds that grow through the cracks of the sidewalk? How many things are wrong with that picture? For one thing, it makes me sad.

  • Gary, as I’ve written about in my article Truth Against Trash, I have been subjected to — and have given in to — intense pressure to mow down the hardy herbs that people call weeds.

    And then there was the time, shortly after we moved to the property on which we would eventually start the Eastern Shore Sanctuary, when the nice neighbor lady sent her nephew over on a monstrous riding mower even though we had repeatedly said “no thank you” to offers of help with our “lawn.” He mowed down everything, including the culinary and medicinal herbs I had tucked among the wild things. That was a very bad day.

    Like beef-eating and TB, lawns are a colonial legacy of deforested Europe. Does “Food Not Lawns” talk about that history, I wonder? I know that I read about it somewhere.

  • Deb

    Food Not Lawns does touch on that, pattrice. She doesn’t go into it in any real depth, but definitely enough that it was (for me) eye-opening. And I’m not sure she talks about it from the perspective of colonization as much as .. I’m not sure, class issues? Control of the ability to grow food, and an obscene in-your-face show of wealth, both emphatically not growing food in fertile land, and also not allowing anyone else to. (and thus letting them potentially starve to death)

    I went on a tour last fall of a park on long island with “wild steve brill”, who does these educational tours to show you and help you learn to identify edible “weeds” and mushrooms and tree fruit and stuff like that, which grow naturally, and are all around us, if only we knew how to see it. It was pretty cool. He’s been arrested for picking “weeds” in central park and eating them, if you can believe it.

  • Although this may not be a *root* cause of the popularity of lawns, I sense that at this point, pressure to conform is one factor that sustains them. For as much as we pride ourselves as being individuals, it sure seems to me that most people are really afraid of anything that is too different than what they’re used to. (“Yuck, that has tofu?” as they’re eating a toxic and hormone-filled product of torture.) A front yard of native ground covers looks better IMHO than a grass lawn and is much better ecologically. But it’s *different.*

    A monocultural expanse of fescue grass, engineered in government-subsidized and for-profit laboratories, marketed heavily, crowding out the indigenous plants, perpetuated through exterminating the native flora – often though chemicals, bordered on all sides by nearly identical monocultures, touted as something which we should desire…seems like an analogy or microcosm for so many things…

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