Big City, Little Homestead

Living rural in the city.

Category: Urban agriculture

Do you hate mowing the lawn? I used to – many hours as a child, and lots of gasoline spent for the purpose.

A friend just turned me on to last week’s Freakonomics podcast episode on America’s obsession with lawns. It has a lot of different points of view and recommendations on what to do differently; native species, alternative lawn care, and urban agriculture are some of the topics. Listen here:

http://www.wnyc.org/story/stupid-obsession-lawns

If you prefer to read an article instead, there’s 2013’s Outgrowing the Traditional Grass Lawn – Scientific American Blog Network.

The ideas we are trying to implement at Rewilding have been around a few years now. it takes time for people to accept and adapt. If you have a yard, please consider turning it into a meadow or something equally hospitable. We’ll help you. 

Garden certification from Espace pour la vie

Hello, fellow wildlife gardener! Last year, I certified Big City Little Homestead’s garden as Wildlife-Friendly with the Canadian Wildlife Federation (you can too, and I’ll help!). Here’s the certificate I received:

The Montreal Botanical Garden “Espace pour la vie” offers a similar service, so I also registered my garden there. Here is where you can register your garden: http://espacepourlavie.ca/mon-jardin. Certification is annual, so you need to update your pictures every year, by October 15th. There are three themes for certification:

  • Biodiversity garden
  • Bird  garden
  • Monarch oasis

They have a map extension they call the “Gardenaut Gallery,” so that you can visit the photos that gardeners have submitted to the program – there are over 300 entries in all of Quebec!

My entry is here: http://espacepourlavie.ca/en/my-garden/big-city-little-homestead

(The image for my certificate is the feature for this post.)