This year we achieved a small victory over the pervasive front lawn with a small patch of squash. While a small gesture towards sustainability, we have a lot of walkers along our street, and almost everyone who takes this route looks to see how big the squash are getting, (hopefully not to decide when to pick it for their own purposes!)
We will definitely expand this garden for next year, we’re thinking corn and amaranth around our young maple tree.
Here’s some thought that matches our philosophy – why have lawn just to cover the dirt?
His front yard brims with a variety of salad greens, onions, leeks, brussels sprouts, basil, carrots, tomatoes, beans, beets, shelling peas and berry patches. The parking strip along the side of the house is filled with squash. Scrivner also planted 13 fruit trees in addition to the cherry tree already there when they moved in three years ago.
“My wife is kind of traditional, so she was kind of worried about how it might look on the public edge,” says Scrivner, a landscape designer who does mostly civic and commercial work.
But the neighbors stop not to complain, but rather to talk and seek gardening advice — as well as load up on fruits and vegetables.
With two young children, the couple chose to develop some play space; plans include a grass strip in front and a patio around the side. But the edible garden remains the star of the show. Scrivner says it’s the age-old discussion about form vs. function.
“I don’t think having a lawn just to cover dirt is a good reason for having a lawn.”
Stumble it! What grows in your front yard?