Redditor Locolukas and his girlfriend were sick of their lawn. They live in Oakland, Calif., and they got tired of looking at the small patch of grass sitting in front of their house.
So they spent every weekend for a few months building this beautiful urban garden.
Then they posted about it on Reddit and gave it the name "Operation F@$& the lawn." Although I edited their title just a bit (we try to keep things family friendly around here at MNN) I fully appreciate the sentiment behind their R-rated naming. Lawns suck.
Don't get me wrong — I like a nice patch of grass to run around on as much as the next guy, but we've gone a bit overboard on lawns. The modern lawn sucks down inorganic chemical fertilizers and pesticides, creates clouds of emissions from mowers, and don't really do much of anything even after they've been doused and trimmed. What can you really do on a 15x20 patch of grass? Not a whole lot.
But throw in a well-designed garden in that same small lot and bam! You're buried in veggies. You can get a surprising amount of food from a very small garden.
Locolukas, known as Luke in real life, is a talented photographer and nicely chronicled the project with his camera. Swing over to his Imgur gallery to see all 36 images (F-bomb alert), but here are a few teasers to catch your interest.
Luke got compost from the city. The compost was created from municipal organic waste.
Garden is in!
The Free Veggies box makes for happy neighbors.
The view from the roof.
Hungry for more stories about gardening? Check out these stories here on MNN:
- Infographic: Home gardening in the U.S.
- The TEDxDirigo interviews; Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardener International
- How to install a front yard vegetable garden