19 March 2012

Replace your lawn with something more practical

My wife and I have recently begun exploring the idea of replacing more of our lawn with something more practical (and edible). While we do some gardening, expanding our space used for edibles seems like a win-win situation.

As we've explored the idea, we've found a few good resources for edible lawns. The book The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden by Ivette Soler is a great source of information.

But, if you want to read up on it a bit before plunking down money on a book, check out the free article Eat Your Yard! How to Design an Edible Landscape by Rosalind Creasy. (FYI, this article is located on the Natural Home & Garden website, which is a sister publication to Mother Earth News.)

The Eat Your Yard article has lots of good info. It starts with listing the benefits of edible landscapes:
  • Energy Savings
  • Food Safety
  • Water Savings
  • Money Savings
  • Better Nutrition

It then moves on to cover a number of helpful topics:
  • Designing Your Edible Landscape 
  • Edible Plant Selection 
  • Produce Pointers 
  • Get Started! 
  • Inspiring Plant Pairings 
  • The Real Cost of Lawns 
  • High-Yield Tips for Beginners 

We're excited to get further into edible landscaping, since we feel it will only enhance our self-reliance.

Do you have any experience with replacing your lawn with edibles? If so, sound off below!


  1. Awesome read here ;-) We find inspiration for our yard from Mother Earth News & this family http://urbanhomestead.org/journal/ who were featured on Doomsday Preppers (tho' we knew of them long before DD Preppers was popular). Not sure how much property you have but I think its fun, ingenious and a challenge to transform a small amount of property in an urban setting into a homestead with creative ideas to grow food.
    Cheers & thanks for the info in your post will have to check it all out

    1. Hi Anthony, thanks for the comment, and for the link... I haven't seen that one before, and it looks pretty interesting!

      We've got a lot less land than we'd prefer, but I'm thinking it makes a great deal of sense for us to consider replacing more "lawn" with functional, edible (yet attaractive) plants. :)

  2. No problemo sir! happy to be of service & thank you for the info, we are in same "boat" lot less than we'd like but expanding to ways to take advantage & be creative with what we have. Doesnt mean we'll always have alot less than we wish, perhaps one day, but like the folks you can read about in the link they have 1/10th an acre & grow 6000 lbs of produce!!!
    Anyway, thanks again

  3. I'm redoing my property with edibles, and it's been a lot of fun. Right now, I have cabbages, kale, the start of a rosemary hedge, daylilies (all parts are edible), mint, sage, parsley, and two apple trees in my front yard. My goal is to have my entire yard be edible. :)

    1. Patty, thanks for sharing! That sounds really excellent, and is inspirational to us as we work on evolving to a more edible landscape. :)

  4. Excellent article. Lots of people would like to turn their lawns into edible gardens, but visualizing and creating such a major change is difficult. It helps to see what others have done.

    1. Thanks for the comment, LP. I definitely agree: it's very helpful to see what others have done first, since that helps me find the "right" solution more quickly, and usually saves me time and money in the long run. :)