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Simple way to convert your lawn into food growing beds

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Convert your lawn into food growing beds to take the strain off our farmers and supermarkets. You don’t have to convert your lawn entirely and you can easily grow it back if you want to in the future, but let’s prioritise growing food over growing grass.

Increased and sustained amateur food growing is essential to a rapidly rising population. There is huge pressure on farmers to feed lots of people, whilst also meeting environmental responsibilities to manage soil degradation, biodiversity loss, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

The pressure to feed the nation has been ramped up quite a few notches with Coronavirus and Brexit so that now, as it was with the Dig For Victory food growing of World War II, it really is all of our duties to get stuck in and grow more fruit and veg to take the strain off our farmers, pickers and environment.

Here is a simple way to convert your lawn area into a growing area:

  • Lay cardboard/paper on top of the grass and then cover with soil/compost (you can build a raised bed if you wish, but you don’t have to). The cardboard will smother the grass and later decompose into the soil.
  • Water your soil, sow your seeds, grow your food.

You will need to add enough soil/compost to be deep enough for the plant roots. Many crops have shallow roots so don’t require much soil (about 12 inches) to grow in (e.g. lettuce, rocket, spinach, radish, broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, celery, garlic, leeks…). Some crops such as carrots and parsnips require deeper soil, but you can set aside specific areas of deeper soil for them rather than making the whole area deep.

If anyone has any tips, questions or suggestions, please comment below.

Free food growing advice and support:
www.foodcommunity.org.uk
www.facebook.com/groups/foodcmty

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