Food not lawns, replacing your grass with vegetables

Food not lawns is a movement that aims to motivate people around the world to replace their pretty gardens with yummy food. Our gardens are a perfect space to grow our own food in the form of vegetables and fruits that are not only a much more healthier alternative to the ones we get in the market but also a much more cost effective method of sourcing our food.

This movement its a sort of spin off from the original “Food not bombs” initiative where activists plant food on vacant lots and unused terrains they find. The food not lawns movement promotes planting your food in your own garden, shifting the value we put in a front yard or back yard that looks pretty to one that is a source of healthy food. Also one of the benefits of taking up on this initiative is the fact that you are most probably motivating your neighbours to do the same thing, and by this developing a sense of community and promoting peace around you.

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When you grow your own vegetables you are also contributing to the environment because food grown by yourself its free from pesticides and other chemicals that are detrimental for the planet and for you. Most of the fruits and vegetables you get from the market come from industrialised growing processes that make a great use of pesticides, also a big percentage of this vegetables are genetically manipulated which means that they had been modified in laboratories with the purpose of achieving bigger sizes and higher productions yields. You may think that this is not a bad thing but it produces fruits and vegetables of much lower quality, once you taste a natural vegetable or fruit grown by yourself you will immediately notice the difference in the taste and texture.

Healthier and tastier fruits and vegetables are just a couple of the benefits of replacing your lawn with food, when you start growing your own vegetables and fruits you also get to pick which of them you want to plant. This gives you the chance to access fruits and vegetables that may not be available at the shop or your local market.

Many people that start growing vegetables in their gardens attract attention from their neighbours, and when they get interested and start doing the same thing you start creating a community around this activity that promotes the interest and involvement of more people. Its very common to see neighbours acting together on this activity and start developing groups around it, where they start to trade vegetables and fruits, and have meetings to share tips, techniques and raise awareness of the benefits that come with this activity.

If you are replacing your garden with fruits and vegetables and none of your neighbours seems interested in it you can go to your local nursery, usually there you will find like minded people that are already doing this or are interested in getting started. It doesn’t matter if your neighbours aren’t interested, you can still start a group or join one thats in your city.

Another benefit of planting your own vegetables and fruits is to get your kids to eat them! if you have kids that are difficult when it comes to their vegetable intake, growing your own vegetables and involving them in the process is a great way to motivate kids to eat them. Many of the growers have experienced this as their kids are involved in the planting and growing process they are very expectant and interested in the outcome and as the harvesting day comes eating the vegetables they helped grow becomes the reward of a fun game.

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Empowering your gardens with mobile apps

Unless you have been living under a rock you know how massive and popular smartphones have become. With the new age of the internet being present everywhere this little devices have become an essential tool for a lot of people. They keep you connected to the ones you love, informed of whats happening around the world and you and entertained on a boring train ride.

And on top of all of these benefits and with the popularisation of apps smartphones can now be turned into useful tools for almost every kind of task, job or trade you can imagine. Teachers can use them to keep organise classes, athletes can use them to track and improve their training, business can use them to manage employees, you get the picture, if there is not an app for something it means that just hasn’t been created yet.

And of course gardening has not been left behind and there is already available a multiple number of apps made by mobile app development companies that can help you in every task that is involved in gardening. Some of them are more specific and others more complete with several features, also some are paid and some are free.

We picked some here that you should definitely try out to improve your gardening!

1. RHS Gardening grow your own

This is a great app with valuable information for starters to learn about all the steps about growing your own veggies and also very practical resource for experienced gardeners that need consult some tips from time to time. This app is free to download and includes 39 of the most popular fruits and veggies with information on how to grow, when to plant, how to harvest, etc. This great tool can help you pick which vegetables to grow based on your expertise, size of your garden and even how much time you can dedicate to it.

It also includes very useful functions like a calendar to keep track of your plants progression and alert you of necessary actions to take. A database with photos of common pests and diseases to help you identify them in your own plants and based on your location the app can even send you alerts based on local weather conditions so you can take preventive actions. This a must have for every gardener.

2. Garden Plan Pro ($9.99)

With this app you will have to get the wallet out but all the time that is going to save you will worth it. This a very comprehensive and powerful app that will turn your smartphone in your best gardening buddy. The app recognises your location and recommends you what to plant, when to plant and when to harvest based on the data of several weather stations. And if you are very serious about your gardening plans you can also transfer data from the app to your computer as they also have desktop software available. One of the great features of garden plan pro is that allows you to draw and design your garden layout and then gives you intelligent advice on plant spacing and guides you on how to progress your crop so you obtain the maximum yields from the space you have available.

3. Permaculture Magazine 

Not really an app but the digital version of a great magazine published quarterly which provides a source of relevant articles for all people involved in the food not lawns movement.

We hope that you already jumped in this fantastic movement called food not lawns so you can soon enjoy your home grown vegetables, we are sure that the apps above will help you on your quest of growing your tasty, natural, healthy and delicious fruits and veggies.

Happy gardening!

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