Gardens - Fruit & Vegetable Gardening

Turn your front yard into a veggie garden

By
Karen Bertelsen
Photography by
Karen Bertelsen

Follow a few simple tips to integrate edibles into your landscape


Mix edibles and ornamentals
Because it is my front yard, I did try my best to keep things looking as neat and tidy as possible. I didn't try to hide the fact that I was growing vegetables, I celebrated it. I left some remnant roses and phlox growing in between the tomatoes and green beans, but there was no mistaking that 80 per cent of this garden was vegetables. I also grew a lot of root crops that would keep throughout the winter. Things like beets, carrots, potatoes, acorn squash and sweet potatoes.

Try to follow square-foot basics
I also followed the basic rules of square foot gardening. A method that has plants grown in squares as opposed to rows allowing for more vegetables to be grown in a smaller space.

Here is a diagram of what I grew:

front-yard-veggies-plan.jpg

Not only did no one complain about my garden I had many people tell me there were planning on doing the very same thing next year. It wasn't an eyesore. It wasn't a hazard. It was an inspiration.

And best of all, it was filling. Which I could never say about the roses, no matter how many of them I ate.

Karen Bertelsen is the author of the popular DIY blog, The Art of Doing Stuff.

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