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Grow an Award-winning Lawn Garden Now

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Even in the city, homeowners can grow their own fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables to eat year-round. With just a little space in your yard and a few sensible tips, you can grow and maintain a spectacular lawn garden.

Hormones and pesticides sometimes contaminate the food you buy from the grocery store. Rather than exposing your family to such a risk, why not grow your own fruits and vegetables in a lawn garden? Use a tiller to grind up the soil in one corner of your yard, and you're ready to get started. Follow these guidelines for developing a cornucopia of healthy, natural treats for your family.
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Planting Your Lawn Garden

  • Seed Distance. 20 inches between the rows is recommended for most vegetables in a carefully managed home garden. Larger yields need 2 feet between seeds.
  • Arrangement. In most instances, smaller crops should go towards the front of the garden while corn and other tall plants should be set at the back.
  • Depth. Depth varies from crop to crop, but you should start out planting your seeds at a depth of 6 inches. This will allow the roots to take hold once a seed germinates.

Once you have your lawn garden in place, the maintenance procedures are very similar to larger country gardens.

Caring for Your Lawn Garden

  • Pruning. Separate plants that are too close together and clip excess foliage.
  • Watering. Water frequently and deeply to ensure proper growth.
  • Picking. Follow the seed recommendations for pulling ripe yields.

There's no better feeling than the satisfaction of serving a wholesome meal of home-grown vegetables. And with summer already arrived, now's the perfect time to get started.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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