My front lawn was a mess. It was impossible to keep it
green and lush looking (poor, gravelly soil). I tried
for years to water and fertilize it, wasting lots of valuable
water and fertilizer and my time. I thought, "why
not turn my lawn into a vegetable garden?"
I rented a sod cutter and proceeded to cut up the entire
lawn into neat 45cm (18") strips. My son and I then
rolled up the sod and temporarily stacked it off to the
side. Next we spray painted an outline on the stripped
lawn area to indicate the size and shape of the raised
The nervous fun begins! My idea was to stack the sod upside
down row upon row until it was all used. I was able to
make raised beds about 60cm (2') high, a perfect height
for me. I then used my tractor to fill up the beds to
within 15cm (6") of the top with well-composted horse
manure (we have six horses). I filled the remaining 15cm
(6") with good garden soil.
In the first week of June, we planted beans, carrots,
beets, squash, pumpkins, onions, peas, spinach, lettuce,
tomatoes and herbs. We enjoyed fresh vegetables every
However, I've created a new challenge from all this. I
need to invent a lawn mower to mow the grass that is now
Qualicum Beach, B.C.