Sometimes you can cut your grass and eat it, too.

Wheatgrass: Bottoms Up!

Ask someone who grows wheatgrass if you can grow it as a lawn and they’ll laugh. But wouldn’t it be pretty? Wheatgrass grows thick and straight up. It is architecturally very modern looking and looks great grown in a decorative planter, but it doesn’t work as a ground cover. Because of its nutritional value and ability to cleanse the body of pollutants and toxins, it is a favorite shot at Jamba Juice and many health food stores. Jamba Juice sells it for $1.95 for one ounce and $3.25 for two ounces. Think of the cash crop that would be in your yard. When you start looking at all the Web sites on the Internet dedicated to growing it, you realize that it is a sensitive plant that could not sustain foot traffic or even usual weather cycles. According to the manager at Jamba Juice, where they cut a bunch and juice it on demand, it is best to be drank as a shot alone. Its shelf life is only 15 minutes until it starts to ferment. As gardeners, we’d call it “composting.”

Thai One On With Lemongrass

A popular ingredient in Thai and Vietnamese food, lemongrass is hardly a grass and not at all a groundcover. Before it’s harvested it grows in a bunch like blue fescue, with spines poking out each way. Once pulled from the ground, you can see the small bulbous end that makes it look like a small green onion. Both the grass blade and the bulb is called for in recipes. It has a distinct, yet light, lemon flavor in soups, curries and other dishes. You can grow it outside and bring it indoors for the winter.

So sometimes grass is not ground cover, and sometimes the purposes of grass can cover a lot of ground. Bon appetit!