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.

I don't know about spreading knowledge or building a sense of community, but we were just looking for a planting space that would facilitate our tomatoes growing taller than 18 inches.

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. 

We're lucky to get the produce inside the front door before a little one has already taken a crunchy bite.


Anna and Stephen said...

What a great idea! It gets me inspired for when we have a yard. Sounds like an interesting book!

Aleatha Shannon said...

We're borrowing garden space from someone in our ward. She dumped topsoil all over her entire front lawn for it. Her garden is awesome. It actually looks nice from the street, too in my opinion. She made little paths with bricks and paving stones. The neighbors were a bit upset though...some people just don't know a good thing when they see it!


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