Welcome to the 2009 Casual Gardener “Get It Garden” Challenge!! The idea for the challenge is to create a garden that makes a difference in your life and your community, then share it with The Casual Gardener readers.
First step to building a garden which can inspire and help the world? Getting rid of whatever is in your way. In my case; grass. Lots and lots of grass. Did I tell you how much I dislike grass?
In my opinion, Americans put grass everywhere and it sucks. Literally. It sucks water like it’s going out of style and is a poor choice for a sustainable garden because most people also use chemicals to maintain grass in a lush and unnatural state.
American’s carbon footprint is unbelievably large when it comes to taking care of grass – imagine all the oil and gas used which emit fumes and chemicals into our natural environment.
There are several solutions to grass removal. Techniques include stripping off the sod, killing the grass with chemicals, or killing the grass by cutting off its sun exposure. As a sustainable gardener, I do not feel comfortable using chemicals on my lawn unless it is a last resort. It poisons the water table, poisons animals, and disrupts the microbial activity in soil more than tilling it under does.
My preferred choice is removing the sod with a shovel. Without a machine to perform the task, removing sod can be quite challenging, but it is a sustainable way of doing it. Cut pieces of grass, then use your shovel to loosen and remove the sod.
This presents a good opportunity to have friends from the community help you out. Dale Simpson, Jr., a good friend and a professional archaeologist, came to my rescue. His experience in digging all over the world definitely helped with this three day grass removal extravaganza – you see him here in the photos slicing the sod, then removing it. You can see the before, during, and after grass removal in the photos.
How are you getting your garden started this season?
Remember, as you build your garden, please send photos and details to me, Shawna Coronado and I will post your successes – and your failures – so we can all learn how to make a difference with a garden. Please send anything you can – what do you do with all the vegetables you harvest for instance? Will you sell them for additional family income? Will you give them away to local food banks? My readers want to know ALL the details.
Let’s build a garden together! Please join the 2009 Casual Gardener “Get It Garden” Challenge today and help make a difference for yourself and your community.
Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!