Healthy and money saving ideas/tips for the Autism and Special Needs Communities. From resources and support to how to grow your own food or medicines, we are an all-inclusive community dedicated to healthy living, organic gardening and feeding a family on a budget. Autism Family Savers will help to empower you to grow your own food, encourage you to explore different foods, and support you in your choices of how you make healthy decisions for your family. There is no right or wrong way. Inspiring you with new ideas, lifestyle choices and different dietary issues and plans, we hope to build a community of collaboration, networking and socializing.
Beautiful plush lawns are out. Eating weeds, foraging and turning the lawns into edible landscaping is in – so in that you can get paid for removing the grass and putting in anything else. Some places around my area are offering $1.50-$2.00 per square foot. I'd be a fool not to take advantage of this since I'm planning on converting to 95% edible, anyway.
With the money set aside from any pending refunds, I am going to expand my ‘weed’ garden box and install lots of other edibles that will feed the family and our animals. In the weed garden box, I already have some mentioned below along with some medicinal such as comfrey, borage, chamomile, saffron crocus, sun choke/Jerusalem artichoke and chives. I have fences to be covered, gazebos to be climbed upon, poor soil areas where naturalized and native edible species would do fantastically.
Some people think the idea is rather archaic, but there is resurgence in getting back to the land, natural medicines, herbalism and yes, eating weeds & foraging. Once you look around and discover all the food around you, you might wonder why you didn’t start sooner. In my yard, alone, there is mustard (the very same whose seeds are used to make the condiment mustard), dock, dandelion, verdolaga, plantain, mint, and grown from foraged paddles, nopal...all of which I don't have to take care of. That’s the beauty of it all.