Lawns – every thought about why they are so ubiquitous in the suburban landscape? Historically people had to grow food on their land but in the 16th Century the wealthy began to grow lawns (of grass or low herbs) as a status symbol. Basically saying “Look how rich we are, we can afford to grow relatively useless grass instead of food.” Lawns caught on and everyone who could afford one was soon growing one. Interesting that it has taken this long for Urban Farming to rise in popularity again. After all, why not put all that lawn maintenance effort like watering mowing and fertilising into activity that rewards you with food and wildlife rather than a sterile monoculture. Seems only logical…

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