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Lose the lawn: Plant an edible garden today

There are 14 comments on the LA Daily News story from Apr 21, 2009, titled Lose the lawn: Plant an edible garden today. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

An edible garden not only saves money on the grocery bill, but it helps save the planet.

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GreenGiant

Sun Valley, CA

#1 Apr 21, 2009
Why did they tear up that huge farm in South Central? Many good things grew outta there. Every kid needs to spend time growing produce. Chickens and lambs too. Even in an apartment a few buckets of soil can be put to good use. Wait till you've tasted the sweetness in spinach coming out of your garden.
MIke

Glendale, CA

#2 Apr 21, 2009
That huge garden in South Central was private property and certain individuals chose that place and made a garden without the owners approval. It was basically an illegal immigrant tent city.
BOB2

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Apr 21, 2009
It was under lease, the lease expired. The city couldn't renegoiate the lease.
CJH

West Hollywood, CA

#4 Apr 22, 2009
Lawn or garden , it will still get taxed. Pardon, surcharged.
Debra Nester real one

Yucaipa, CA

#5 Apr 22, 2009
I've been doing it since the 1980's. I am suprized it has taken this long for this issue to be brought up. Thank you First Lady Obama for showing the people that putting in an edible garden is a positive, healthy way to add to our life. It not only feeds the body, but it also feeds the mind and soul. It is healing in all ways. I have planted two herb gardens which I use for teas and aroma therapy along with multiple vegetables, tomatoes,cantelope, watermelon, stawberries, blue berries, blackberries, an orange tree, a fig tree, a nectarine tree, and a peach tree. Currently my vegetables include, snow peas, yellow and green peppers, onion chives, squash, and swiss chard. Edible flower included are roses, bachelor buttons and calendula. The calendula has multiple healing uses. My herbs include rosemary, lemon balm, peppermint, spearmint, yarrow, sweet majorum, parsley, sage, thyme, lemon thyme, lemon verbena, and lavender. I also grow catnip for my cats. Herbs have many healing uses. strawberry, rasberry, and blackberry leaves can also be used to make medicinal teas. I made studing herbs and edible and medicinal plants my lifetime hobby. I constructed a class on edible and medicinal plants in the wilderness and then taught it. After the positive response I recieved from those who attended, I put a proposition into the community college I attended in 1989 and taught the class as a Biology class on edible and medicinal plants in the wilderness. I also love to include flowers in my garden and make arrangements to give to people with the herbs as part of the arrangements. The smile on people's faces when they recieve them bring me joy as it is a means by which to help lift this world up. There are so many benefits from growing a garden. I hope someday to finish mine and replace the remaining grass with more useful plants. I hope to some day teach my class on herbs, edible, and medicinal plants here too. This is something beneficial parents can share with their children too. I did with my children and now my daughter is also an expert!
Duncan Mc Calkinya

Dallas, TX

#6 Apr 22, 2009
How about a smokeable garden for all the pain suffers....
griffing

Lancaster, CA

#7 Apr 22, 2009
Would love to hear more about your classes! We live in the desert -- East of Lancaster. Tried a garden last year. It was beautiful! Just as the veggies were getting ready to be picked, something came and literally stripped the plants -- shredded the stalks, etc. We were heartbroken. We were told it was "roof rats". We have wild rabbits, kangaroo rats, Mojave squirrels, all kinds of birds. Thought we'd really protected the garden, but guess not. We have a new plan and getting ready to put in a new garden. We raise goats, have two llamas, chickens, ducks, guinea hens. Lots of really great compost! But I want my garden.
Debra Nester real one

Yucaipa, CA

#8 Apr 22, 2009
I taught my classes in the mountains and in the desert of Arizona and New Mexico beginning in 1987 and ending in 1992. I suffered a severe injury to my lower spine fall 1992 and stopped teaching it. I have been working to build my abilities back up and have made some improvement to where I can do it again, but I am working on a Master's degree right now and won't be free to teach that class again until probably another year or two.I will advertise it if I do get the opportunity to teach it. It sounds like you planted your garden on top of an underground tunnel. It could have been rabbits or Kangaroo rats (which are endangered), or a simular rodent. I suggest you move your garden to a different spot and make sure you don't see any wholes there. Best would be for you to build it up on top of something to prevent a second loss. I build a magnificent garden in a desert area many years ago. It's extra work to dig a foot into the ground and mix the soil with half garden soil from the store, but it's worth every bit of doing so. Good luck!
griffing wrote:
Would love to hear more about your classes! We live in the desert -- East of Lancaster. Tried a garden last year. It was beautiful! Just as the veggies were getting ready to be picked, something came and literally stripped the plants -- shredded the stalks, etc. We were heartbroken. We were told it was "roof rats". We have wild rabbits, kangaroo rats, Mojave squirrels, all kinds of birds. Thought we'd really protected the garden, but guess not. We have a new plan and getting ready to put in a new garden. We raise goats, have two llamas, chickens, ducks, guinea hens. Lots of really great compost! But I want my garden.
eagle rock

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Apr 22, 2009
This is a great idea except that edible gardens need water and we all now, here in LA, have to decrease our water usage by 15% or pay a penalty. I dont believe they have a garden exception in the Tier 2 plan.
Vern

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Apr 22, 2009
It also put Illegal Aliens out of Work.
5 for Fairness

Van Nuys, CA

#11 Apr 23, 2009
John Lyons is a truly inspirational gardener - he has such an easy-going attitude toward gardening he really makes you feel YOU can do it!

http://www.5forfairness.org
Sherilyn Jackson

Indio, CA

#12 Apr 24, 2009
Homestead Gardening has been on the upswing for YEARS, the Obamas are NOT the first to get this going, WE got this going with a petition to the White House, and they LISTENED ~ sooo COOL :-)
Give credit where it's deserved, to the Urban Homestead Movement for opening our ears & hearts, NOT the White House.

Sherilyn Jackson
Moderator
www.Freedom Gardens.org
Tina

Frisco, TX

#13 May 5, 2009
eagle rock wrote:
This is a great idea except that edible gardens need water and we all now, here in LA, have to decrease our water usage by 15% or pay a penalty. I dont believe they have a garden exception in the Tier 2 plan.
yeah, the best thing to do in a desert like this would be to replace the lawn with drought-resistant plants like cactuses (cacti?) and succulents

But, since people here insist on having sprinklers anyway, they may as well use them for something useful. I live in Pasadena where there are apparently no water restrictions and I see sprinklers on in the middle of the day, spraying all over the sidewalk, even when it's raining and no one here cares. It would be less infuriating if they were at least putting that water on some tomatoes or something....
Jeff R

Surfside, CA

#14 May 5, 2009
This is an idea whose time has come. Anything that serves to beautify California neighborhoods may create a sense of Community among citizens.

A sense of Community among citizens is bad for the State Democratic Party and must be demonized at all costs.

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