There’s nothing like reading a classic garden book to get you feeling rebellious. I just finished reading Food Not Lawns, and proposed an idea to BrownThumbPapa that I was sure he would veto.
“What do you think about ripping out part of the front lawn?” I ventured. “The sun is better in the front yard and we could plant some artichokes and snapdragons.” (An odd combination, but they’re two of his favorites.) To my surprise, he quickly agreed. “Less lawn for me to mow? All riiiiight!”
This weekend, the project began. I’m doing sheet mulch by the fence to smother the lawn. It starts with a layer of wet cardboard topped with some leaves and compost. It decomposes over the winter and you can plant directly in the mulch.