We’ve been working on fixing up our lawn which took quite a hit over the long, frigid winter. I’d prefer no grass, but with a puppy and an active, outdoor loving child, we find grass works best for us. My husband laid some new soil in the many bare patches and spread out some seed. Our daughter helped with the seed. We recently did an experiment where we grew bean seeds in different mediums (coffee grinds, soil, and vermicompost). You can see where this is going right? So, she ate some grass seed to see if it would sprout in her tummy so that she can poop out a lawn. Yep, I’m a proud mama! (Don’t worry; we had a talk about the dangers of eating things that we find outside).
And so, while we wait for our grass seed to grow and excrete… here is an awesome slideshow that highlights groundcovers that you may actually want to eat.
There is a very big old birch tree in our yard and the grass just won’t grow under it; no matter how hard we try. I suppose we don’t try too hard because we can get the grass to grow in the spring when the canopy from the birch is not crowding out the sunlight and the rain is plentiful, but as soon as the first heat of summer comes, the grass goes. I don’t like to water the grass – it just seems wrong. And so, every summer we are left looking at a giant patch of dirt under the birch. I could extend the garden and add more hostas, but I’m just not up for it, and the plants wouldn’t stand a chance with a new puppy in the house. And then I started looking on Pinterest for ideas, and I noticed we had a lot of those square patio stones that were not being used… and a pink and purple hopscotch was born. It fills the space nicely, adds some colour, and provides some fun for little ones too!