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A DIY Lettuce Lawn from Gardening Guru Ivette Soler

A Lawn That Tastes as Good as It Looks

lawn lettuce plants!

The kids are clamoring to see seeds sprout, but your legendary black thumb is killing the fun.

Which is why we asked Ivette Soler, local gardening consultant and author of The Edible Front Yard, for an easy project to help your family go green.

We gave it a shot in our backyard and in no time salad was on the menu.

Materials
Lettuce starter plants
Lettuce seeds
Organic compost

1. Decide on the space for your lettuce garden. Soler recommends an individual patch or strip in front of your grass.

2. Feed the soil a generous amount of compost.

3. Plant the lettuce starts, spacing them one foot apart, measured from the center of each plant. Offset the second line of lettuce, so the planting doesn’t look like traditional rows. Plant in this manner until your space is complete.

4. Sprinkle the lettuce seeds in between the starter plants. (This way, you’ll have lettuce ready to harvest in a few weeks and more springing up ready to take the place of the lettuce you eat.)

5. Thin the seedlings as they come up. In other words, “weed” your lawn and eat it at the same time.

Our advice: Use a variety of lettuces (green, red, speckled) to make a colorful and beautiful garden — not to mention a killer mixed greens salad.

The Edible Front Yard is available online at amazon.com, $12. For more information or to schedule a consultation with Soler, go to thegerminatrix.com.

 
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HOP
Big Bunny’s Spring Fling

What: Pet rabbits, visit the egg-ucation station, and snack on Peeps all while enjoying music, puppet shows, face painting, and more.
Why: The Easter Bunny will be on hand and ready for his close-up.
When: Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park (323-644-4200). Free with zoo admission: adults and teens, $14; kids 2-12, $9; 2 and under, free.

CLEAN
The Great Cloth Diaper Change

What: Go green this Earth Day by helping set the world record for the most cloth nappies changed at one time.
Why: Bum rush it.
When: Sat., 8 a.m.
Where: The Treehouse Social Club, 426 S. Robertson Blvd., b/t Burton Way & Colgate Ave. (310-288-3024). Partcipation is free.

FLOAT
Pavilion of Wings

What: More than 55 species of butterflies and moths flutter around freely inside a screened garden.
Why: Open every day of the week, so it’s perfect for when you’re winging it.
When: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., b/t Vermont Ave. & Figueroa St. (213-763-3466). Adults, $3; children, $1 with museum admission.

Photo: Foodcollection / Getty Images

LOCATIONS
5333 Zoo Dr
@ Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-644-4200
426 S Robertson Blvd
bt Colgate Ave & Burton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90048
310-288-3024
900 Exposition Blvd
bt Vermont Ave & Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90007
213-763-3466
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