Mother Earth Living


Off the Grass

In their quest to minimize mowing, a couple creates a suburban oasis, complete with a potato field and resident frogs.



With Buddha-like patience, Dark Eyes waits for a passing mosquito.
In keeping with Carolyn and Larry’s grand “design,” the trickling water sounds coming from the pond pull people toward the hammock.
Come July, Carolyn and Larry’s vegetable garden yields a bounty of potatoes, beans, and blossoms.
Photography by Povy Kendal Atchison
Carolyn and Larry’s garden has contributed to their wedded bliss by minimizing arguments about whose turn it is to mow the grass.
As this old teapot demonstrates, recycle and reuse is another theme in this garden.
The resident cats spend a good amount of time unsuccessfully hunting frogs. They’re kept inside at night so the frogs can have the run of the yard.
Hardy water lilies thrive in the sunny pond.

















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