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10 gardens prettier than a lawn (and more water-efficient, too)

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Backyard Food Forest in Chicago

I came across this garden on a garden walk a couple of years ago. The homeowner removed most of the lawn in the backyard and planted a mixture of flowers, vegetables and herbs that produced organic food for the family throughout the growing season.

You can still see some of the lawn that was left behind so the gardener’s toddler had somewhere to play. It was a great use of the only sunny spot on the property, and is an example of what can be achieved even on a postage-sized urban lot where the sunniest spot in the yard was being wasted on grass.

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