Less Noise, More Green: Edible Landscape Project

Edible Landscape Project


In the spring of 2014 I ripped up my front lawn and planted an edible garden. My house faces south leaving my back yard in shade for much of the day. As an avid vegetable gardener, these were not ideal growing conditions. With the removal of diseased road side trees, the front yard was now in blazing sun all day.  I had to take advantage of the sun!


The plan was to create a garden that was both beautiful and productive. I have no city restrictions on what I plant in my urban front yard but I wanted to create a garden that demonstrated how beautiful food production could be and challenged peoples idea of what a vegetable garden had to look like.


In 2015, the garden consists of sixty varieties of plant, with over fifty of them being edible. The landscape is producing fruit, seeds, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. Best of all the garden is sparking discussion with neighbors and drivers by about home food production and all that lawn care!




This what the front of my house looked like before the project.

To see all the posts about this project, click here.

For more photos and information about the plants used in this project, plus my design map. visit my my Pinterest Board.

I wrote a feature story about the garden for The Providence Journal newspaper and you can see the online version here.

Sue


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  1. This is great. I had the same idea last year but I live in an HOA neighborhood so I had to be discrete about planting any vegetables in my front yard. I only have one raised bed in my backyard but would really like to expand that into something similar to what you have done. I will be looking at your plant list to get some ideas. Did you design the area before planting?Thanks.

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    1. Hi Caeser, I did a lot of planning, designing and rethinking before the work began. I started with a blank slate removing all the plants and grass. This post had my planting plan which is the same on both sides of the walkway.

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      Good luck with your garden!

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  2. Beautiful garden, how much is heirloom and will reseed itself next year?

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    1. Hi Vicky,
      I'm in the second year of this garden now and some of the annuals did reseed which was great! My plan is to add more perennials each year so I am adding fewer annuals. The vegetables of course are all annuals but I did get some reseeding from the cilantro, NZ Spinach and chamomile. I use heirloom seeds where I can. This year I'm planting pole beans in this space and they are all heirloom.

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  3. This is beautiful! Thinking of doing the same here (in England) as we have a small lawn out the front which is south facing. Though we also have plenty of space at the back to grow veg. I'm worried about how much time it would take to keep it looking so good... and I'd be interested in how it looks in winter. Found your blog via Soule Mama - looking forward to exploring it some more.

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    1. Jane, this garden does take some time to maintain and keep looking good but I am working on adding more edible perennials which will be easier to keep happy. The garden does die down going into the winter but the brick walkways and ceramic pots add some interest. As we always get a lot of snow which sticks around I'm not overly worried about how it looks during the winter months as it always looks the same - white!

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