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Turn Your Yard Into a Salad Bar!

Me and my awesome son Erik!

Good Morning! Today I’m writing from Eugene, Oregon where I’m visiting my son who works here as a vegan chef at The Cornbread Cafe. (And yes, I DID bring Bobble head Yoda and Bobble Buddha with me!) This is my first trip to Oregon and I’m just amazed at how many people have turned the yards, and in many cases, their ENTIRE yards into gardens!

My son Erik with Yoda and Buddha

I'm also taking part in the first http://www.Cleanseamerica.com 10 day Raw Food or Juice program. For the first 4 days I will be doing raw food due to being on vacation and not having access to all my equipment. But lucky for me this town has an abundance of awesome produce and we are going on a hike today and I'm hoping to do some wild harvesting of some things I can use in salads, like my ultimate favorite nettles! There are also these awesome little Fiddlehead Ferns which I've never tried yet! There is still time to sign up for the cleanse if you'd like to! 

Today I'm writing about turning your yard into a salad bar! :) I've been so inspired by all the creative yard gardens here! Even in small spaces you can grow some of your own produce! 

Last week we got to hear from Anais Derveas of The Urban Homestead, who shared with us about seed saving and finding non GMO seeds and so much more. I was so inspired by the article. I’ve only had small gardens so far and I’d really love to begin expanding my gardening abilities. 

If you missed the article, check it out here: http://www.welikeitraw.com/rawfood/2012/04/the-urban-homestead-taking-back-our-food.html  


While Eugene may seem to have a bit of an edge over some places with the amount of rain they get, what has struck me is really how so many people have opted for gardens over a traditional yard. This makes total sense to me! Why have a bunch of unusable space that takes time, energy and resources to maintain and often goes unused?

Grow a lettuce wall!

Why not turn the space in to a food producing garden? This is not only a richly rewarding endeavor, it is also a way to take control over your food! You can have organic, more nutritious, fresh, sustainable food that you nearly are able to harvest as needed!


With organic and no GMO fruits and veggies becoming increasingly difficult to find, it makes sense to seek out seeds and begin to grow our own. It will also save a ton of money! 


Even if you have a small space, with a little creativity and planning, you can still produce much of your own food. Think about going vertical, up a wall, across a wall, or growing cherry tomatoes on a canopy. 


Get creatively funky with recycled items like pots, cans, tires, old shoes, plastic shoe racks....Use your imagination! Herbs are easy to grow in a window ledge in the kitchen or other sunny spot in your house! 


 For the next few days I will share my experiences of Eugene and being on a cleanse on vacation. Please share if you are a gardener in a small space, what kinds of things do YOU do to create awesome living salad bars in your yard or home?

In love and health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC