Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Attack on the Front Lawn
In our continual search for a plot of land on our property with enough sunlight to support a vegetable garden- we tore out a landscaping shrub from the front yard this spring to replace it with vegetables.
Jeremy read this book when he was researching for his masters' thesis. The author suggested that front lawns--though archetypal-ly American--are a waste of space and are well suited to becoming edible landscapes in order to provide food, spread knowledge, and create community.
We turned a plot 4x5 feet and planted (one per square foot) 4 green peppers, 4 banana peppers, 4 roma tomatoes, 1 yellow pear tomato, 2 basil, 1 cantaloupe and 1 watermelon (with their vines trailing away from the plot) and a few marigolds. Then we brought over a strawberry barrel to give a little more structure.
The plants have filled out, are growing well and we're harvesting from them.