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dandelionsI was driving home from work the other day and had to stop the car to take of picture of this guy's lawn. He must be the most hated person in the neighborhood but to you Mr. Dandelion Farmer, I say, you're awesome!

Now here's a guy who probably hasn't used a lawn chemical in years and that's a good thing in my book. Most of my neighbors are retirees with lawns so green that it looks like someone painted them. If a stray leaf should blow into their yard, they're outside within minutes to pick it up.

Crews come every week to cut, spray, feed and blow all the debris off their outdoor green carpets. Having a "perfect" lawn was something that's important to that generation but thankfully the tradition is fading away.

And because I don't want to be considered the lazy Joe on the block, I'm out there working hard to get my organic lawn to look pretty good. That's my goal, just pretty good. As long as it's green and cut nicely, I'm happy. Thankfully, I have tons of clover mixed in my lawn that covers the looking green criteria. And it holds up better to my kids food traffic too.

But this Dandelion Farmer guy doesn't mind being the lazy Joe on his block. And in fact, in my imagination, I see him as being proud of it. Maybe his entire basement is filled with wine making equipment and he's producing homemade dandelion wine by the barrel. And that's a lot more exciting that having a boring lawn.

9 Comments:

  1. Sue Swift said...
    I love dandelions. As someone said - if dandelions were hard to grow, everyone would want them in their lawns. And daisies too please.
    peggy said...
    Bravo! Once, when we were passing a similar lawn, my daughter said to me "Wow, look at all the dandelions that family planted!" I am also the organic gardener on my block, trying hard not to irk my neighbors. I agree, thank heaven for clover. (and moss...from a distance they can't tell it's not grass!)
    Anthony said...
    Sue,
    Yes, I agree that the dandelion is undervalued. The greens are good in a salad, you can make a tea from the roots and the petals are great for making wine. This is not how I would describe a "weed".

    Peggy,
    Not irking the neighbors is my reality too. But their unnaturally green lawns irk me. Doesn't anyone worry about irking me?
    :)
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    Eric said...
    Spent 2 hours today digging dandelions - partly to not irk the neighbors.

    I too find the unnaturally green lawns irksome. We call them "rugs on drugs"

    Eric
    Kate said...
    Reading this reminds me so much of my mom, who just wants the front lawn to look presentable for the neighbors, but doesn't want to poison it.

    Here's hoping I have the guts one day to have nothing but vegetables in my front yard. And moss. :)
    Daphne said...
    I guess I'm lucky. Most of my nearest neighbors grow dandelions a large as mine.
    Anonymous said...
    Well, we are blessed, too, but had to move out of our rugs on drugs neighborhood because the poisoned lawns poisoned me, too. Dursban was the drug that got me. OUCH. But we had the good fortune to be exiled to cny where the farmer that hayed our land was with Organic Valley and loves dandelions in the hay cause it is good for the cows! Dandelion season is just about over this year but we have had dandelion fritters, tonic, tea and used it in salads, soups and pancakes. Though we are teatotlers, my husband did outdo the local winemaker and made a beautiful batch last year. He is trying again this year. I like to think it is just a glorified tonic:)
    Wild Canary
    Anthony said...
    Ha-ha, rugs on drugs. I like that a lot. :)

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