Friday, April 24, 2009

Re-Green the Green

"Have you ever noticed how easy it is to grow stuff in Louisiana?" A friend observed. "If it falls on the ground in Louisiana it will just grow!" Grass grows here. We are in the middle of the grass-growing season. Another friend could not attend excercise class this morning because he had to stay home and mow his grass. Our back yard stays so wet from the sporadic rains that we cannot mow the grass. The crawfish and moles compete for space there. Then when it dries out, the sunshine makes the grass grow. Before the earth dries enough to mow the grass, the grass is waist high.

I read about somebody in the North who let her grass grow a little higher for Easter so her grandchildren could hunt eggs. That tactic wouldn't work here. Saturday before Easter the backyard grass was so high and thick that we would have lost not only the eggs but also the children.

All over the civilized world, especially in our dear nation, we are spending a fortune mowing grass. Think of all the money and resources spent on gasoline, electiricity, or human strength to cut the grass. My mother and father used to have me push a girl-powered mower. They called that kind of energy fuel "elbow grease."

Riding through the neighborhood, we noticed today that more and more people are tilling up large sections

I'm not sure how many people had victory gardens in WW II, but more and more people have them now. Growing garden is actually less work than mowing grass.

Wherever you live, it is possible to grow stuff. Don't forget to grow collard greens. Collard greens are almost perfect food. In the cool climates, they grow beautifully in the warm weather. In the warm climates, they grow best in the cool water. They are prettier than many of the plants that are considered ornamental. Also it's easy to grow onions, turnips, lettuce, carrots, and tomatoes.

Get your plants, garden seeds, gloves, and spades here:

We have shared more of our thoughts about this practical way to improve the world in The Collard Patch.

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