My wife and I love growing veggies so we took out all the grass, put in some stone paths and put vegetables everywhere. Even though we have a fairly small suburban lot we get a lot out of it. We also have 4 chickens so we get fresh eggs. Don’t even have a mower anymore.
@tweezak Love It! We have 6 hens, which are really producing a good deal more than we need at the moment. So we end up giving away and selling some. Finally putting together a front yard flower garden in addition to our older front side yard veggie garden (mostly arugula ).
@chienfou@mehvid1 There are downsides…they will decimate a garden, dig/eat just about everything they can reach or jump to. They poop everywhere (patio included). They tend to kick their food all over and that draws vermin. Since eggs are so cheap I sometimes wonder if all that is worth it.
Yeah the poop on the patio is the only issue currently irking me. We moved our veggies to the side yard in the front and I now prefer that.
You mentioned vermin and food/feed being strewn about. Again, you’re not wrong, but if they’re not being over fed (not saying you do!), they should clean their “plates” (the space where they eat) before they go to “bed”.
Anyway, for me, it’s totally worth it. I hate going to the store and spending $1 knowing I’m contributing to a system where hens are crammed into a tiny space for 95% of their lives. Or spending $5 for something I could do at home. The in-between stuff then has me feeling some degree of guilt or like I’m overspending.
(guess I should have finished that sentence… In the coop/yard where they are fenced in…complete with electric fence to keep out predators and a fenced cover to keep out owls etc… )
run a tiller in there a couple of times a year and clear out my ‘earnings’.
Fair question!! 1. Goats aren’t really grazers like sheep, cattle, and horses. Goats are more “browsers” in that they’ll eat a bite here, walk walk, another bite here, walk walk… and they really prefer brush, shrubbery, razor-wire like blackberry bushes, tree branches, and so on. 2. All but one of our current herd are babies, not even completely weaned yet, so they don’t have much impact on our acre of pasture grass, shrubs, and vicious blackberry razor wire. 3. We are extremely fortunate in current times that our income has not been significantly hit by the Quarantimes and we are trying to share that good fortune with small, local businesses. The goats adore the mower guy! Pretty sure they think he is a magic hay wizard.
@brennyn@DrWorm@f00l@mdiaz You also get to have fun with all the Roundup you’ll end up buying. My brother’s house is landscaped like this. No grass, just beds, gravel and decks. Maintaining that is a different type of work to keep it nice, but he doesn’t have to have a lawnmower. /shrug
I live in NW Oregon. Around here the trick isn’t getting things to grow, the trick is reducing the growth of all the other things that spring up that you don’t want, to give the things you do want a chance. I call it “Morbidly Fecund” and this time of year is the worst.