Garden Tour 2015

Grow Food – Not Grass!

Why grow grass when you can grow food? So many of our backyards are shaded by adjacent homes or existing trees and often our sunniest location for a vegetable garden is in the front yard. So this homeowner went for it and took advantage of this sunny real estate!

What used to be a useless patch of lawn is now a useful collection of raised beds and container plantings that produce a variety vegetables and fruit. Some landscape plants remain adjacent to the home and sidewalk, but the three raised beds in between contain strawberries, asparagus, mixed greens, carrots, beets and blueberries.

Although we agree that this is a drastic departure from the aesthetic of a traditional front yard landscape, we commend the use of our precious water for the production of food
rather than weekly grass clippings!

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