Repurposing the Lawn Into a Garden
Building on yesterday’s feature on keeping bugs and pests at bay in the garden, here’s a look at how to build a garden where the grass once was. A lawn to garden transformation!
I had a friend that did this – yard wife, front, sides, and out back. He really boosted production to the point he was selling and giving away produce. You’ve likely read or heard similar stories. “10,000 tons of food from ¼ Acre!!” – and the like. No guarantees here, except that this concept is really cool, really useful, and spreading.
Ann Parris of The Prepper Journal begins her examination of this productive and fascinating topic by selecting the right place in the yard to start. Follow along. Please consult her original for all the right information. Here’s the starter look:
Hey! There’s going to be a follow up article at TPJ! Check there for that!
She starts with a joke, always a good sign:
“It seems pretty easy. Poke a hole, drop a seed. Poof, magic, groceries will appear.
It’s not that easy or everyone would do it – HOA allowing. And, a garden can require more work than merely mowing a lawn. But the results can be more than worth it. So, pick the right spot and get digging…
So, so many tips. Take some notes. Sketch something.
“Whether we have triple-digit acreage or tiny dooryards, we generally want to orient things so the longest, broadest sides of beds or rows faces the sun’s path. That’s setting one point due south and heading north until we reach our desired length, so the sun arcs across our beds evenly through the day.”
The original is packed full of illustrations and guidance for getting the job done right.
And, there is much to consider. So many factors.
Consider: the sun, water, elevation, drainage, water needs, water delivery, terrain, your specific climate, PH, spacing, which crops go where, and more.
I like her favoring of “pretty close” over exacting precision. It’s a garden in the yard, not the space shuttle.
But threats, like pests, are serious. She covers how to handle them. See also, our article from yesterday.
Make sure, as you deny the bugs their place, that you have yours. Keep all areas accessible.
You’ll need to make a master plan before you get started. As you’ll be digging around the house, call the authorities for mapping utilities. Remember that their markings are approximate – allow a good four feet to either side of any sprayed lines.
When the shovel hits the dirt, look for trash and debris. Remove that. Think of it as a little yard cleaning. Deep cleaning. Odds are you will also find tree roots. Tough ones. Very tough. Sharpen the axe.
Read her advice on plant placement and make it a part of your plan. You’ll be glad you did, with or without a SHTF situation. Growing your own has many merits, and not just the tasty foods. Parris’s final thoughts:
“Most of us expect to be busier than ever if A Bad Thing ever happens. Taking the time now to plan our crop production so it takes less work and resources, and causes less damage, has a lot of benefits for the future.”
Follow along for all the great advice on this and other topics at TPJ. We may, or may not, cover part two. Find it at their outstanding site when it hits.
Now, go play in the dirt again.
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.