Have your lawn and eat it too

This is a competition for those who prefer hoeing over mowing

The grass may not be greener on the other side of the fence — but the lettuce and beans might be, if Food Matters Manitoba has its way.

It’s sponsoring the Manitoba Garden Makeover Competition to encourage more homeowners to start hoeing instead of mowing by creating an edible landscape. Balcony transformations are eligible too.

“There are hundreds of species of edible plants that can thrive in Manitoba. Imagine landscapes with colourful basil, red peppers, rainbow chard, or white apple blossoms,” it says in a release. “The best part is, once their beauty fades, the feast begins!”

“Manitoba Garden Makeover is one more way we are connecting Manitobans to good food and giving families a chance to discover how delicious their garden can be!” said Kreesta Doucette, executive director of Food Matters Manitoba.

The $1,000 in prizes includes custom landscaping and gardening consultations from local specialists Sage Garden Herbs and Urban Eatin’.

Last year Food Matters Manitoba held the First Annual Garden Makeover Competition. Over 40 beautiful and edible landscapes were entered. This year participants can enter in the Rural, Urban, Under 18, Northern or Newbie categories.

How do you enter? All it takes is an eye for finding beauty in edible plants, six photographs of your garden, and filling in a brief online entry form. The contest is open to all Manitobans and gardens of all sizes.

Once photograph submissions open June 15, gardens will be posted online for family, friends, and other gardeners across the province to enjoy. Viewers can rate their favourite landscapes to help us crown the 2014 Manitoba Garden Makeover winner! Visit www.manitobagarden.com to register and for more contest details.

Food Matters Manitoba is a registered charity working with northerners, newcomers, farmers and families to harvest, share, and prepare good food.

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