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Food not Lawns; Prepear 4 oil collapse

Peak oil is declining, we are heading 4 petroleum collapse. After Iraq's oil wells dry out, Syria will be targeted in the "war on terror". After the oil collapse, people will need alternative means of survival. Growing food in urban gardens on wasted space like lawns and parking lots would help people survive the food shortage..
Please ask people not to put fertilizer on lawns. Most fertilizer is byproduct of the petroleum /chemical industry, not to mention it pollutes the rivers/streams by causing eutrophication (algae growth & die off from excess nitrogen). If u would like to help prevent the upcoming human die off from oil collapse, u could use that lawn space to grow food. There are many plants that are easy to grow with minimal watering..

Clover is a nitrogen fixer, a natural fertilizer. Clover should be encouraged to grow on lawns, it can really help with companion planting. Clover converts unusable atmospheric N2 to a usable form (ammonia) with the help of symbiotic bacteria (Rhizobium) that live in root nodules. Actually the bacteria do all the work in exchange for food, shelter and moisture from the clover. This is the same process that is used in fertilizer manufacture, though clover/rhizobium does it naturally..

The Nitrogen Cycle & Nature's Interconnectedness;

Will the government save us from oil collapse after GW Bush is gone?

The US government and food corporations cannot be counted on 4 anything but more warmongering, resource theft and control of the people. When the genetic engineered crops backfire and are wiped out by some resistant mutant insect/virus/etc., don't count on corporations to come up with some new idea to help alleviate famine..

If we want to prevent mass starvation, encourage people to grow their own food. Massive corporate lawns that are sprayed with pesticide/herbicide (petroleum derived) to maintain monoculture and mowed with petroleum powered mowers would be better as community gardens. Parking lots suffocate soil, helping the microbes beneath breathe by planting seeds, spit and other biostuff like apple cores would help free the soil from petrochemical residue asphalt. Ask yourself, what has the corporation done 4 us except push us into a cubicle of dependency. Lets' take back the land and grow a garden..

Howlin at the moon..


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well 06.Feb.2004 10:52

it couldn't hurt

I am not sure we're running out of oil, and not at all sure that the oil we're stealing now is meant for our own use. The proof of that will be in the pudding I suppose...

But that doesn't mean that that has to happen, or we have to be up to our necks in it, to start having some different ideas... if a global disaster or global famine hits, I'd rather be an old hand at gardening by then, than trusting my life to a Gilligan like meself with a brand new skill...

Last I were worried about stuff like that (our front yard _is_ a parking lot at the moment, &$%!* narrow streets), if you weren't sure your clovers & other legumes were fixing nitrogen, you could purchase inoculant- types of rhizobium- for two or three types of legumes. A packet probably goes a long way. It may be controversial (?) whether this is necessary i.e. this doesn't show improvement in soybean yeild from innoculation  http://ohioline.osu.edu/sc160/sc160_17.html but this regarding clovers would be an example of a "pro" maybe  http://overton.tamu.edu/clover/guide/inoctext.html

You can also be observant of what you grow, Amaranth can have a high protein yeild per plant / per seed planted, and for area- various kinds of Amaranth have been staples for different people for thousands of years, I think-  http://www.primalseeds.org/amaranth.htm and even double-duty crops... buckwheat is a "green manure," -looking up that phrase might find interesting things like  http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/covercrop.html -but it's also a food...

I would point you at the Abundant Life Seed Foundation as a great seed source with great ideas like the World Seed Fund (you may be able to distribute what you grow), but their offices burned and they are not selling seed this year, although they could probably use some support  http://www.abundantlifeseed.org/ Seeds of Change is probably worth mention also, here is a page on theirs on Amaranth and Quinoa  http://www.seedsofchange.com/enewsletter/issue_38/quinoa.asp

Herbal lawns are also kind of interesting but I don't know that much about them yet. A yarrow lawn probably saves a lot of water for those that have dry seasons, and probably some mowing, they're pretty low growing until they produce a flower stalk. I think chamomile lawns used to be sort of popular once upon a time. Those sort of seeds (common herbs) are also probably not hard to find in bulk, cheap, as the Amaranths are if you're talking a big lawn. A small packet of seeds can go a long way sometimes.

If you can't beat 'em 06.Feb.2004 11:36

Eat 'em

And this ought to save some herbicide use. Monsanto is quite insane, and the very fact that I'd be using RoundUp for nothing is still one of the biggest birds I could flip 'em as far as I'm concerned.

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em! Digging Dandelions
By Catherine Monahan

Woodchips 06.Feb.2004 17:20


I recommend killing all the grass and/or cover it with a thick layer of woodchips as a landscape mulch and plant dryland plants here and there like blue fescue grass or many clumping ornamental grasses.  http://www.outsidepride.com/ornamentalgrass.asp Then intersperse it with stones and rocks and trees or bushes. Looks great , low maintenance.

to woody 07.Feb.2004 10:25


How many of these grasses are native to this region? I and many people I know are justifiably concerned about invasive species. Do you think you could reform your website to include this info on the cover page you link to? I think that many local customers woud probably reward you.