There once was a gardener whose time and energy were in increasingly short supply. Long days in the office, coupled with a lengthy commute found her weary and worn at the end of each day.

While she longed to till up a bit of the earth around her home to make way for plants whose yield would mean salads, stews and cobblers, she found her free time taken up instead with the diligent maintenance of her lawn. She longed to sink her trowel into rich, black soil on a quest for healthy plants. She daydreamed of tender pea tendrils, canary yellow squash blossoms and fat, juicy tomatoes nestled among climbing vines.

But day in and day out, she found she could do little more than see to it that the plot of green grass allotted her stayed manicured and kempt. She had, after all, only so many hours in the day. Until one morning when she caught wind of a possible solution: an artificial lawn.

Was it crazy to consider getting fake grass in order to free herself up to do some real gardening?

Because an artificial lawn is almost entirely maintenance free, many people opt for one in order to enjoy the benefits of a luscious looking lawn without any of the requisite yard work. While almost everyone appreciates a little less toil in their day to day lives, not everyone eschews getting their hands dirty–especially when it comes to the benefits of a home garden.

From flowers and herbs to vegetables and berries, even a modest home garden is able to offer generous rewards, but it can be hard to make time to garden when you’re still mowing, edging, watering and otherwise, tending to the rest of the lawn.

Thankfully, artificial lawns and home gardens are surprisingly compatible. Especially if you employ a raised bed approach, there’s no reason you can’t relish an artificial lawn’s lack of maintenance, while enjoying the dirty pleasures of pulling weeds, enriching soil and feasting on the bounty of your land.

If you’d like to escape the drudgery of lawn maintenance in order to embrace the work and rewards of gardening, running some raised beds alongside an artificial lawn is an excellent approach.

Basically a type of container gardening, raised bed gardening allows you to garden with less hassle, less water waste, better drainage and more control than a more traditional in-ground approach.

Simply stake off the space where your raised beds will be, making sure they sit just outside the area where you’re putting your artificial lawn. Then, you can either buy pre-fabricated beds or construct your own from logs, railway sleepers, masonry or any other type of material that can be used to build your walled beds.

Purchase some rich compost or soil from a local farm and fill the beds. Whether you plant thyme and rosemary or roses and daffodils, spend your outdoor attention and efforts on the world inside your raised beds, because an artificial lawn won’t require anything more from you than that you enjoy it.