While some people are content to have a nice green lawn and something to mow every few days, a lot of us are finding new and delicious uses for our yards!

My wife and I live in the city of Davison on a half-acre lot.  Not real big, but room enough to grow lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.  We grow raspberries, blueberries, grapes, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, squash, corn, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, peas, peppers, radish and spinach.  Every now and then, I like to try something new and different as an experiment.  Two years ago it was peanuts.  As luck would have it, two summers ago we had unusually cool weather and my crop of goobers was rather small.  I did get a few, but it's cheaper to buy them at the store. 

Some crops can be planted now, like peas, potatoes, lettuce, spinach and root vegetables like carrots and radish to name a few.  They are cold hardy and some can be re-planted in mid season.  Plants that are more sensitive to Michigan's cool spring climate can be started indoors.  We recycle yogurt cups and fill them with potting soil to start seeds to be transplanted after the danger of frost is past. 

Even if you live in an apartment, you can grow things in containers if you have a porch or balcony with adequate sunshine.  Nothing beats fresh, homegrown food.  And it can be a lot of fun growing it.  Give gardening a try this year.  Might save you some mowing time too!

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