Grow Vegetables Instead of a Lawn (video)

Here’s a family in Pasadena who let their lawn die and planted vegetables, first in their front yard, then in back, and then everywhere, much of it in raised beds. They eat all they can and sell the rest to a local restaurant.

You may not want to go as far as they have, but you will certainly be inspired to see what you can do with what you have.

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Tiffany D.
Tiffany D7 years ago

Lol, yeah, they are pretty home-grown. And VERY frugal. However, I support self sufficiency and also have a veggie garden instead of a lawn in front, and a chicken coop instead of a lawn out back.

Beth M.
Beth M7 years ago

Already do this. Hate to mow, love to eat.

Julianna D.
Juliana D8 years ago

Definately feeling inspired by this!

Ed B.
Ed B8 years ago

Curious: It's stated that a $30,000 income is received, allowing this 'lifestyle' Surely that amount isn't received from a roadside veggie stand, selling excess production... and/or the sale of such to local restaurant(s). The family seems to be living an extremely frugal lifestyle... may I ask if it's known, how near 'self-sufficiency' their unique method(s) bring them? And, is the income mostly from some form of employment/service(s)? Is the home 'paid off'?
I ask only because I'd considered living in a nearly totally 'self-sufficient' manner with the purchase of about 5 to 10 acres, a cow, a couple of pigs and some chickens... this was in the early 70's after reading much material from the Rodale publications and such. Sadly, my wife was opposed to the 'adventure of a more simple life' away from Chicago. Ehh...

Sylvia W.
Sylvia W8 years ago

I have a good start - an ever-growing organic veggie garden which is now spilling out into my organic flower garden. Wish I was allowed to have chickens, but zoning won't allow that :-(

Mara S.
.8 years ago

I found myself nostalgic after seeing the video ! How resurceful !
But they have no space left. Yet how wonderful !

I predict people being forced to be like that. We live an artificial life. The great majority of people will starve if the supermarkets won't be there anymore due to a calamity of some sort.

Mary Ellen W.
Mary Wightman8 years ago

OMG LOVE THIS...especially the little goat!! :)

Jules P.
Julie P8 years ago

My dream is to live off the land!

Mary Swan
Mary S8 years ago

This video was indeed inspirational. I am working at growing more of what we eat, but with very limited land space and little room for long term storage it is difficult. The bigest obstacle to overcome here is the weather/climate. It is COLD (can get down to -40) and winter starts fairly early, (I am finished harvesting everything before Halloween) also I have never been able to plant much other than onions and peas before the last week or so in June. Like I say, a challenge.

I have begun to do more "edible landscaping". I pulled out a rose bush that I lost to the cold and replaced it with two high bush blueberry plant last fall. I will have a small crop this year and more next season, I hope.

I also have a fairly extensive herb garden (some of my last year's harvest is my profile picture).

It really is a lot of fun, hard work and worth every minute of it.

Anna Borsey
Anna Borsey8 years ago

Our water is metered, and very expensive it is too. Homegrown vegetables would end up fairly pricey.

I have never been able to overcome all the diseases, blight, fungus, mould and insect attacks on our apples, pears and soft fruit etc. as I do not want to use chemicals, so I just decided to let insects, hedgehogs and other "wildlife" eat the lot!

Also, where do you STORE the harvest? We have no root cellar, and no room for a large chest freezer, as British houses tend to be very small indeed. Sadly, what happens is that you get a glut of certain varieties, at specific times, and the rest of the year you STILL need to buy fruit, berries, vegetables and fungi.

There are only two adults in our household, and we are not big eaters. Canning and preserving uses up expensive sugar; also electricity. Again, where do you STORE all this canned, preserved, pickled and dried bounty?