Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Watch out, you could have a tomato up your butt

Better watch out where you sit if you remove your lawn and plant a tomato in its place.
You might get a tomato up your butt.

If you rip up all the lawns across America where are your kids going to go to play in their own back yard ?

From portfolioMay08.jpg

From portfolioMay08.jpg

Or hold that awesome outdoor summertime 50th wedding anniversary party ?
In your artichoke patch ?
From Pool and Garden Project - The Napa Valley

Where will the guests sit as they watch your daughter get married to her high school sweetheart ?
Several years later where will you host your grandson's 5th birthday party ?
Clear the swiss chard folks.
From Before and After

Where’s the dog going to play ? On the 3 foot path of a veggie garden. Yeah that sounds like fun.
From Pina Colada

What will you spread your blanket out on to watch your third graders outdoor play ?
Tomatoes can be a little lumpy and a bit squishy . - Don’t wear white.
From Hillside development

And when President Obama and Michelle holds next years Easter Egg Hunt , do you think a bed of broccoli is really the best place to host hordes of families and friends ?

Link to great photos of this years hunt : http://www.whitehouse.gov/photogallery/Easter-Egg-Roll-2009/

All things in moderation is good.


danger garden said...

Love this post DD! While we have removed 80% of our lawn, and love it that way, I would never think of removing the last 20%. For all the reasons you mention and more....

carolyn gutierrez said...

LMAO . . . !

Skrip said...

Beautifully said! It's almost scary to talk to anyone about a nice lawn nowadays. I am moving to natives, but still need some green open carpet for things as you have describe.! Balance is key. Thanks for this great post!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...


I don't need a lawn anymore...all my kids have tomato stakes up their but.

No need to sit.

No siree Bob.

I hear ya.

John said...

Michelle, I'm no fan of gratuitous lawn, but you are absolutely correct — balance in all things!

I've taken the liberty of nominating you for an oh-so-prestigious MeMe award… stop by A Verdant Life to pick it up if you so desire!

Anonymous said...

My favorite line of the week:

"Tomatoes can be a little lumpy and a bit squishy . - Don’t wear white"

Chris in Toronto

Kylee Baumle said...

I love this post. Love it.

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Hello all 'well balanced' commentators.
Yup, I guess it boils down to a question of balance.

I once had to design a private soccer field and golf course.
I winced every time I did the irrigation calculations even though the owner of this property was using his own well water on his property to keep his greens looking green, I was still conscience of the abundance of water in use.

Then I learned about all the fantastic philanthropic events that were held on this property that brought in millions ( not thousands ) of dollars for a wide variety of causes and my conscience has been clear ever since.
This property is also a certified organic vineyard so they do not use any inorganic fertilizers + pesticides on the lawn or vineyard .

John, Thanks for the me me award.
But I am an incredibly boring person.
I wouldn't want to bore anyone with my rather mundane life.