How To Grow A Front-Yard Edible Garden Your Neighbors Will Love
Many homeowners with the privilege of a front yard garden reap the benefits of having a beautiful lawn and driveway leading up to their home. Having a front yard garden also means that you are further away from the street and sidewalk, and thus, your home is quieter.
While a front yard is a key selling point for many homes, sometimes homeowners do not make use of the land as expected. If you are stuck in a rut and want to spruce up your home, why not try an edible garden?
We are not suggesting throwing away your ornamental plants, but rather introducing food aspect to your front garden. This practice is known as edible landscaping. In this article, we outline tips of growing an edible garden that will attract admiration from your neighbors.
When it comes to gardening, a patch of leafy vegetables is always a winner. Vegetables like peppers, rainbow chard, eggplants, and cabbage are rich plants to have in your garden. Make sure that you properly maintain them so as not to affect the foliage. Boost the soil’s nutrients by applying the best fertilizer.
If fertilizer pellets accidentally fall on the leaves, they will scorch the leaves, and you will be forced to cut them. Colorful vegetables are not just for aesthetic beauty; you get to reap a bountiful harvest of fresh kale straight from your backyard. Nutritionists recommend adding fresh vegetables in the diet.
If the sight of a beautiful butterfly fluttering its wings makes you stop for a moment, you need to have more of these in your garden. Birds, bees, and butterflies are examples of pollinators that will look ideal for your front garden.
You can achieve this by planting pollinator-attracting plants like lavender, coneflower and bee balm. Within not time, you will be waking up to the sound of birds chirping right in your front yard.
All Year Round Plants
An edible garden should provide a steady supply of fresh vegetables and fruits all year round as opposed to only some parts of the year. If you are keen on impressing the neighbors, ensure that your garden does not fall apart after summer then spend the next few months in transition.
Plan for all year crops such as perennials and evergreen fruit trees. With these plants, your garden will always have something wonderful growing and therefore, you do not have to fret over what fillers to grow after harvesting.
Having edible plants in your garden is likely to get the attention of wild and domestic animals like cats, dogs, and even rabbits. If you family pets roam freely in the home and yard, they are likely to find their way into your patch and nib on your vegetables and fruit.
You can solve this by erecting a fence around the food garden to keep your pets and the neighbors’ pets away from your produce. Alternatively, plant your edibles in containers and hang them on the wall or place them on window sills.
Planting berries in your garden will save you trips to food market each time you need to make a smoothie. There is an assortment of berries to choose from to give your garden a lush greenery and shrub throughout the year.
Plant them along the fence and use the pole saw to cut back excess greenery every few weeks. You can send your kids to pick the berries after school then reward them with a smoothie before dinner.
Besides vegetables, fruits are part and parcel of a healthy diet for young children and grownups alike. Having a limited portion of land should not thwart you from having a couple of fruit trees.
Plant your favorite trees along the fence e.g. the passion fruit plant or plant dwarf trees in potted plants and place them near the front door. With dwarf trees, your kids can reach for the fruit without your assistance.
Pack A Basket
Nothing says good neighborliness than a basket full of fresh produce. After noticing your neighbors watch your flourishing garden with envy, sharing your food is the most logical thing to do.
The next time you assemble for a neighborhood association meeting, bring a couple of baskets of fresh berries and lettuce and invite them to partake your produce. Who knows? You may inspire some of them to start gardening too!
Edible gardening gives fresh produce from the comfort of your home, and it keeps your front yard alive. Set aside time to maintain your garden and invite the little ones to join too. Carve out some family time every evening by asking your children to help with watering and weeding.
I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any other suggestions you think I should have mentioned, please let me know in the comments.