Photos Of Front Yards Turned Into Edible Gardens.


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What good does all that grass really do anyway? Wouldn’t a front yard covered with edible plants make a lot more sense than just a big expanse of grass that needs mowing but serves no purpose? Well, these people have discovered the art of planting edible gardens in their front yards, which simultaneously saves them money on buying vegetables and contributes to better health. This is truly using your land to your advantage! I would love to pick tomatoes from my front yard instead of spend time mowing it, so I am pretty jealous of what they have been able to do. Take a look:

Do you have an edible front yard? If so, do tell us about it!

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  1. I wouldn’t say we have an edible front yard. We never had yard (grass) to begin with. We did build one raised planter box this year, with plans for more in the future. We are only just starting to learn about gardening.

    However, since we built the planter box we now have rabbits & ground squirrels that we never saw before, so i don’t know how to protect our food from those that would eat it for us.

    A neighbor child thought our juniper bushes (with lots of berries) was a berry bush. And that certainly raised possibilities in my mind. I’d like to replace the junipers with some form of berry that would increase the productivity of our yard, but the thought of digging up those bushes is overwhelming!

  2. Yes, I am converting my front yard to edibles. This year I added asparagus to the park row (the strip between the sidewalk and street) and planted basil next to the four rhubarb plants I installed the previous fall. I am planning on smothering grass this fall to prepare for additional vegetable growing space and some blueberry bushes next year.

    I despise mowing so anything I can do to eliminate this chore (and add to my food resources) is a good thing.

  3. These pictures are wonderful! some of the gardens are very pretty as well as practical. One thing I notice, is that most of these homes get a lot of sunshine. We have a lot of shade, our house being set among tall old oak trees, so gardening is a challenge. This year we started a garden, trying peppers, squash, zucchinni, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, snow peas and green beans. So far, we’ve had little success, (only the tomatoes seem happy!)as most of the plants just dont get enough sun, some plants were planted a little late in the season, and we just might have underfertilized since we’re trying to go organic, and we just got our composts set up.

    Any tips for plants that do well without much sun, or those that like afternoon sun, would be very appreciated!! We’re going to do a garden alongside our driveway next year as well, and it gets afternoon sun.

    BTW, a gas station near us turned it’s normally annual beds into vege garden plots this year. It’s quite a site–and the garden gets so much sun that it looks like it’s doing great!!

  4. I’m working on converting my front yard to a more edible state. Right now it is a bunch of grass, which is fine, but also large beds of flowers and non-edibles. The first stage is working edibles into the existing beds, but I may eventually end up converting the grass areas to more productive growing space.

  5. I have been wanting to do this ever since we moved into this house a coupe of years ago. I unfortunately don’t have a green thumb, even with the best of intentions, maybe next year my front yard will look like one of these! Thanks.

  6. So I’m curious about how to safely garden – I’ve been working on my shady garden as well this year. I’m dying to rip out a chunk of our pretty small back yard for some edibles. It’s next to an old garage w/ flaking paint, and I wondered – how does one go about making sure the soil is safe (i.e. no heavy metals or contamination) especially if you have little ones running about.

    The gas station plots got me thinking more about it…any thoughts on how to proceed with soil testing for a yard garden?

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