Mr. PR and I are taking a class called Food Not Lawns, based upon the book Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community, by Heather Coburn Flores.  We are taking this class through Food Not Lawns – Kansas City.  I have wanted to take this class for a couple of years now, but never had the time.  So I am really glad to finally be able to take the class this Fall.

Anyway, the class runs for four weeks, on Wednesday evenings.  The first class was last week.  The first class was devoted to explaining what the concept of Food Not Lawns is, and why we should care.  Like you, I was already familiar with the concepts.  But it was really good to have a review.  It was also good to have a review of Peak Oil.  For example, I really didn’t know that we used so much oil from Mexico, and that we are going to lose it in about 5-years.  It makes you think.

One great thing about this class, is that it made a believer out of Mr. PR.  He has always thought I was a bit of a nut (though he has always been nice and pretty tolerant about it).  But, after hearing the talks last Wednesday, he has changed his tune.  He is even volunteering to help me in the garden!  What joy!

Credit: luirig.altervista.org

I wanted to share one of the subjects that was covered last Wednesday, using subterranean clover (Trifolium subterranean) as a cover crop to enrich your soil and as a green mulch.  I had never heard of subterranean clover.  It is a weird plant. After the flowers are pollinated, they turn down and burrow into the soil.  The seeds develop under the soil and are deposited there.  Since this is an annual, this behavior ensures that the clover is re-seeded every season.  Pretty cool.

I am ordering a small amount of seed from Green Cover Seed.  It is a (nearly) local supplier, as they are located in Nebraska.  In the mean time, check out the Food Not Lawns – KC website.  They have some really useful links.

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