When I heard about the book "Your Edible Yard" I thought "THAT would be super cool - a whole book describing the foods that can be part of a lawn!"
I think I am now learning that the book is not about that. Or since the author is here today, maybe I might be corrected?
I thought that this thread could be dedicated to what we might intentionally grow in a "lawn" or "mowable meadow". So we can continue to have a space for yard sales, picnics and play while simultaneously growing more food. Naturally there is the famous dandelion - but it cannot achieve it's full glory while being mowed. Yarrow makes lawns that are wonderfully soft to bare feet - but not really a food. Crocuses give magnificent life to a lawn at a time when all of the other growies are still dormant.
Assuming we are mowing at a height of 4 inches, what might be grown, as a food, in a "mowable meadow?"
Plantain does well, especially where lawn meets gravel. Taller stuff like chickweed, cleavers, deadnettle, etc. can grow taller in the off season when it doesn't matter, and can be mowed during the warm season because they naturally die back anyway.
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I vote for purslane, for sure. It rarely needs water, and actually grows lower to the ground when kept dry (reducing the need to mow). Given it's succulent tendencies, when you do mow, you're likely to have a lot of the cut pieces put out roots, which is great for filling in bare spots left from harvesting. It's also really soft to walk on (and any broken pieces from being stepped on are also likely to root). Chickweed, in my climate, would be good when paired with the purslane. When the purslane dies in winter, the chickweed would take over and stay green until the late spring, right around the same time that the purslane seeds are germinating and starting to fill out.