The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden by Ivette Soler“Front lawns, beware: The Germinatrix has you in her crosshairs! Ivette Soler is a welcome voice urging us to mow less and grow some food—in her uniquely fun, infectious yet informative way.” —Garden Rant
People everywhere are turning patches of soil into bountiful vegetable gardens, and each spring a new crop of beginners pick up trowels and plant seeds for the first time. Theyre planting tomatoes in raised beds, runner beans in small plots, and strawberries in containers. But there is one place that has, until now, been woefully neglected—the front yard.
And theres good reason. The typical veggie garden, with its raised beds and plots, is not the most attractive type of garden, and favorite edible plants like tomatoes and cucumbers have a tendency to look a scraggily, even in their prime. But The Edible Front Yard isnt about the typical veggie garden, and author Ivette Soler is passionate about putting edibles up front and creating edible gardens with curb appeal.
Soler offers step-by-step instructions for converting all or part of a lawn into an edible paradise; specific guidelines for selecting and planting the most attractive edible plants; and design advice and plans for the best placement and for combining edibles with ornamentals in pleasing ways. Inspiring and accessible, The Edible Front Yard is a one-stop resource for a front-and-center edible garden that is both beautiful and bountiful year-round.
How to Turn Your Front Yard into an Edible Garden
After all, vegetable gardens can get chaotic by the end of the growing season, and they tend to look stark and bare in the off-season. Kristan photo right , an avid cook, had been growing edibles in a small, out-of-the-way corner of her front yard for years. This new design and location, however, offers plenty of room for edibles—plus, a pleasing streetside view. A front-yard vegetable garden requires as much attention and forethought as a highly visible ornamental garden, especially when space is at a premium. Start planning your layout by considering the shape of your space; employ curves, angles, and straight lines to create an efficient and artful design. A mix of straight lines and curves makes the most of this unique space. The raised beds are laid out in a grid of 5-foot squares modified with curves, resulting in a geometric pattern with pleasing and practical proportions that ground the garden.
This Bay Area garden designed by Pine House Edible Gardens paves the way to the front door with bountiful garden beds. Brimming with planter beds from front to back, this yard blooms with amaranth and artichokes in the foreground, adding color to a veggie-friendly scene. While vegetable-friendly gardens work great, edible front yards come with other options. Homeowners can stick with steady evergreens like citrus trees as Ivette Soler demonstrates here in her book, The Edible Front Yard. This home not only uses the citrus as a pathway border, but also serves as a subtle accent for the yellow entry wall. This garden also weaves in a bit of aromatic delight with a lavender bush in the background—a crowd-pleaser for honeybees and humans alike. Oakland-based BaDesign created this lengthy living fence as an edible border between a Palo Alto, CA home and its neighbors.
Front yard vegetable gardens are a growing trend. Those folks should think again, according to Natalie Carver, horticultural director for Love and Carrots , a company that designs, installs, and maintains urban vegetable gardens for homeowners throughout the Washington D. These front-yard garden beds, separated with rows of stepping stones, look neat and tidy. Why Grow Food in the Front Yard? For some people, growing food in the front yard is the only option due to space or sunlight issues.