Check out this article in The Toronto Star about front yard veggie gardens. There is some similar activity happening not far from Anchovy World Headquarters that I’ve watched with interest. I’ve never been a fan of the lawn. At our old place, I removed the lawn from the small front yard in year one and replaced it with what became a wonderful perrennial jungle. The back evolved over several years and featured some veggie patches, a rock garden and a shady bit with a beautiful red Japanese Maple that my father picked out for us. I was sad to see that the people who bought the house when we left took out a lot of the crazy love that characterized our garden.
One thing we didn’t do was bring veggies into the front yard. I think it would be very healthy for our communities to do more of that, and I love the idea of people with land and people with skills getting together to share the wealth of the land. At the new Anchovy World Headquarters, I don’t think we’re going to be able to grow much in the way of veggies, due to the mature trees all over the property. We have a huge locust in the front yard and in the back, there are several very tall mature spruce trees, along with a couple very old apple trees, a big silver maple and more. A lot of the back yard is dominated by the shallow roots of the conifers. I’ve made a perrenial garden at the side of the house and two perrenial gardens in the back. Each year we’ll transform the gardens a bit more.
For those with sunny gardens, I think planting some crops is a great idea. I’m all for breaking down the tyrrany of the lawn and using garden space to grow food. I love our shady spot, but I do miss my early season spinach and fabulous tomatoes and chiles.