I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on our post “Lush Green Lawns Are Not Natural” and I wanted to share with you some alternative ideas for front yards.
While driving home from my daughter’s soccer game today, I saw a beautifully manicured front yard that did not look like fertilizer is used to keep it perfect, and they were growing pumpkins where someone else might have had a flower bed. What a great use of space!
Now, that garden was mostly ornamental, but it was functional. One of my neighbors is passionate about being good for the environment and growing healthy food for her children. However, she does not have a large yard. She makes amazing use of the space she does have. The flower pots on her front steps are not just ornamental, they are herbs. Down the sunny side of her house she has created an amazing garden of pots, planters and raised beds. The space is not large, but the plants she grows are amazing and easily keep her family of four in fresh vegetables.
In trying to find some more front yard gardens to share with y’all, I discovered that some communities don’t allow vegetable gardens in their front yards. It could be banned by zoning, ordinance, homeowners association rules or something else. I have an opinion on that, and I bet many of you do too! I hope if that is what stands in your way of planting a garden, you look into how you can change that rule!
Around here gardens are so popular that my church put one in its front yard! And this is an architecturally beautiful and historic building no-less!
My friend in Louisiana shared some pictures of his yard as well. He has done a beautiful job of avoiding the question as to whether food gardening is allowed in his front yard. He has interwoven blueberry bushes, strawberries, blackberries, lemongrass, rosemary and a bay laurel (for bay leaves), into his highly stylized and fashionable front yard.
I hope this inspires you to consider adding some edible and food bearing plants to your yard. Just remember to be cautious with your fertilizing, because edible plants have different needs than grass. Anything that requires little yellow warning flags to be put on your lawn shouldn’t be used on the same lot as plants that you and your family will eat.
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