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Has anyone done a front yard garden? I am considering one if local laws permit it.My plan so far is to run a bed from tree to tree across the front,and it will have plantings(ornimental grass and tall hibiscus) that grow tall to screen the road.Same things for the sides,though one will be ornimental(berries for birds),and the other some sort of edible landscape like cherry bushes and rasberry canes. Plan on leaving the mid section grass for play area.Will increase the porch area,and possibly put in a small pond(got 2 kits on sale at walmart).Will have some veggies and herbs mixed in with flowers.<br><br>
We want to make use of the front yard.It seems such a waste of good land that I spent the summer mowing,and that was the extent of the time spent in the front.The back,although larger, has a septic and floods with EVERY rain. I am working on the back,but think I will tackle the front next spring,so it grows it by the next year for use.<br><br>
So does anyone have pictures of front yard gardens to inspire me some more?<br>
I wish it were spring already.
 

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I haven't had a chance to do ANYTHING with my front yard yet, but <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2F1552977102%2F" target="_blank">this book</a> is on my wish list.
 

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That's a cool looking book!! And my library has it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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This is the second year yarden at our old house. <a href="http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL983/3632184/9328068/131391690.jpg" target="_blank">http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL983/.../131391690.jpg</a>It was in for one more year, then torn out (part of it lived through the move) to replace with a lawn to aid in selling the house...a year later it's still on the market <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
We loved it, our neighbors thought we were nuts and we snuck by the bylaws by getting developer approval before being turned HOA - boy were they pissed - not many people in our old hood liked it at all, but it was one of the best things about living there. Have fun!
 

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Wow gr8tfulmom! That is beautiful! I can't believe your neighbors would not approve. A lot of people in my state do stuff like that (at least the people with talent). My husband and I would love to do that and I'm sure our neighbors would appreciate it as well (we're that house on the block with the weeds in front <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. Right now we're focusing on the back yard but we plan on doing a front yard garden when we're finish. Wish I could give you some tips but I'm glad you started this tread to give me ideas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Thanks for the input.I do have the front yard garden book this week from the library.Nice book,but would not buy.Perhaps that and walking in the soggy backyard is what made me realize the front could be quite useful....once screened off.<br><br>
It is a shame that beautiful front garden had to be removed to help aid in selling the home.It looks great! It is suprising how set people are on leaving the front yard bare,and just for mowing/display. I pay for it and I want to use it!<br><br>
I came across this page when I did a search on rasberry canes in the front yard...<br><a href="http://www.architectureweek.com/cgi-bin/wlk?http://www.efn.org/~spencerj" target="_blank">http://www.architectureweek.com/cgi-....org/~spencerj</a><br><br>
Click on the photos to see the progress.<br><br>
I was reading one that was in the papers....<br><a href="http://www.fritzhaeg.com/garden/initiatives/edibleestates/main.html" target="_blank">http://www.fritzhaeg.com/garden/init...ates/main.html</a><br><br>
And a writer who has one and does talks to get schools to do gardens...<br><a href="http://www.teachingk-8.com/archives/author_interview/lynne_cherry_digging_in_the_dirt_by_katherine_pierpont_senior_editor.html" target="_blank">http://www.teachingk-8.com/archives/...or_editor.html</a><br><br>
We live on a busy road,and no one has anything other that lawn and trees in the front.I will be the first to take the steps to making a front yard garden...once I check city laws. I may even try a pond outside the living room window.
 

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i'd really like to do this. i need to find a way to do it slowly, but without ending up with a hodge podge mess. i guess i need a master plan to work towards? right now my front yard has a small patch of lawn surrounded on 3 sides by stretches of redwood bark with a couple birches and a few bushes (that i hate); and on the 4th side by river rock.<br><br>
i thought this was a really stupid layout and hated the 'low maintenance' bark and rocks (you still have to weed them, most people just spray with weed killer) but now i'm realizing it might make it that much easier for converting to a garden. the stretch of bark area on the left side of the house i'm thinking will be a great place to plant some fruit trees. i need to learn what to plant around or under them. all that redwood bark will be too much work to take out, i'm thinking i'll just start planting things in those bark areas and let the bark be mulch for now. once i have the bark areas converted to plants, then i could think about taking out the bit of lawn and replacing it with garden. i guess i need to plan paths too, even if they aren't really needed till later.
 

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I've been thinking about this a lot lately... so weird that it should come up here! A lot of our neighbors have done front yard gardens.<br><br>
I'll have to check out the book and the links. I've been looking at my neighbor's yards and trying to find pictures online... so thanks for bringing it up! I *think* I want to start off small with just the area between the street and the sidewalk and then work up to doing the actual yard, the lawn between the sidewalk and front porch. I'm compiling a list of the plants that I see working well in the surrounding yards and also, things that will be good for the birds, bees, & butterflies.<br><br>
Gr8tfulmom, any tips, insight? I love what you guys did!
 

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Just general garden stuff. We tried to have a plan and build the beds with larger plants/shrubs/trees and then fill in with odd #'s of the same plant in the same color. Sometimes we stuck to this and sometimes we just "plopped" them in where it felt good. The general layout did remain pretty close to our original bed and path plan. We also listened to what the topography of our land dictated, where we had run-off we made a dry streambed, the contours became beds that followed them, etc. Have fun, I can't wait to start on our yarden for the new house!
 

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ok....so I am either dense or super tired....why do people have to check IF they are allowed to have a front yard garden? I understand if you are part of a HOA, but otherwise...I don't understand.<br><br>
I have a front yard garden, if I have any pics I will post them. Mine is less than a year old, halfway to its eventual size and we gad to remove 20+ year old nasty bushes, but eventually it will be great. Mostly perennial flowers and oramental grasses. I read the pp's book suggestion and really liked it. What I did to plan was get a copy from the city of the plat of our land and used that to roughly plot out my garden
 

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I have done fruit trees and strawberries. I lived in a wealthy neighborhood last yard, so it had to be subtle. I could have never have gotten away with veggies or tomatoes.<br><br>
My new yard will be a blank slate once I yank up the ugly boxwoods. I'm still thinking of bush fruit, fruit trees and strawberries. I guess I'm too provincal on this. I just don't see having veggies. Maybe a few herbs, though?
 

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That Front Yard Garden book was Dh's Christmas gift to me last year. WOW! I spent my winter dreaming out of the book.<br><br>
The big message I got as far as neighbors go, is to go slow. If you take out all the grass at once they panic, but if you do a little at a time, and they see what's happening is so beautiful, they go along.<br><br>
Many people wrote not just about their gardens, but dealing with their neighbors, in the book.
 

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Suprisingly many areas have restrictions on what you can plant in your front yard.I like my neighbors,but don't care if they fret over what I do in my yard.No one was nice enough to warn me about the *swamp* of a back yard(before we bought),so all we really do have is the front. To leave it empty seems like such a waste of land. I can't wait till I have my dirt in place.
 

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<a href="http://www.powells.com/biblio?isbn=0393060845" target="_blank">http://www.powells.com/biblio?isbn=0393060845</a><br><br>
'The rejection of native flora became institutionalized at the end of the 19th century, when various "experts" decreed what the ideal home landscape should look like. In 1870 landscape architect Frank J. Scott, in The Art of Beautifying Suburban Home Grounds, decided that "a smooth, closely shaven surface of grass is by far the most essential element of beauty on the grounds of a suburban house."<br><br>
Conformity was also deemed essential. If your neighbors had a trim lawn and well-pruned shrubs, then by golly you had to have the same. In Gardening for Pleasure, published in 1875, Peter Henderson made it clear what he thought of nonconformists: "It is gratifying to know that such neighbors are not numerous, for the example of the majority will soon shame them into decency." Scott's "closely shaven surface of grass" was suddenly not merely an aesthetic consideration, it had become a moral one as well. And to a large extent it remains so today.'<br><br>
It was these bastards who did it to us (can I call dead people 'bastards'? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)
 

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I love the book Food, Not Lawns. Very inspiring.<br><br><a href="http://www.foodnotlawns.com/" target="_blank">http://www.foodnotlawns.com/</a>
 

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gr8flmom, that is awesome! I am so sorry you had to pull it out. Were you able to move the plants to another part of the yard at least?<br><br>
I had a tiny little garden in my front "yard" when we lived in the city. It was about the size of a sidewalk square. The neighbor kids ate every single thing as it became ripe and every passerby thought it was ok to pick a few flowers. I don't know where you live matte, but if it is in a more urban area it could be... um... borrowed often.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I love the book Food, Not Lawns. Very inspiring.<br><br><a href="http://www.foodnotlawns.com/" target="_blank">http://www.foodnotlawns.com/</a></div>
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Thank you UUMom! That is my life motto LOL My husband really hates it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I will have to get that book so that he knows I am not the only one!<br><br>
Thanks all to the thread! We have 5 acres of front yard and I would really like to do a food garden and a deco garden. I am loving the pictures. I cant wait till spring!
 

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5 acres of front lawn is a homestead, girl! I wish! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
Check this out:<br><br><a href="http://casaubonsbook.blogspot.com/2006/11/self-sufficiency-plan-for-suburban.html" target="_blank">http://casaubonsbook.blogspot.com/20...-suburban.html</a>
 

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We're still working on the front. We put in mulch and a brick border, and we have two big juniper shrubs and five or six small ones, plus a couple of yew and a couple of other leafy shrubs. Last year I put in a hydrangia, some black-eyed Susans, some eccinachia, and transplanted a ton of daylillies from the back yard. I put in bulbs in the fall - I forget exactly what. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
I'm hoping to put in a bunch more Susans and several more hydrangias in the spring. Plus I bought window boxes on clearance last fall, so I'll do those in pansies and sweet potato vine, I think. I'm excited! I'd like the front yard to have color and look cared-for by the end of the summer. We have a couple of trees that need mulch and brick borders, and I might put in those arrangements of bags of soil with impatience in them under the trees. We'll see how industrious I get.
 

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I have a bunch of containers in my yard with herbs. That is all though. I have considered growning beans in the same containers as some of my other plants. That is as far as I have gotten though.<br><br>
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