Can I Grow a Vegetable Garden in My Front Yard?

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Can I Grow a Vegetable Garden in My Front Yard?
Garden using all the space you have including the front yard. (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Many people grow vegetables to provide food for their families. The taste of store-bought vegetables cannot compare to home-grown ones. Even if you only have a little space in your front yard, you can grow some of your favourite vegetables. Choose from a different options, such as digging up the front yard or using containers.

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Garden Plot

If your front yard is large enough you could dig it up part for a traditional garden. Use wooden stakes and rope to mark off where you want to place your garden. Be aware of sidewalks, electrical boxes and water lines, especially if you live in a city. Check with your local municipal offices. In some places, it is illegal to have a vegetable garden in your front yard. They can also give you information about how much of your front yard needs to be grass and what the height limit is on front yard plants.

Container Gardening

Fill containers with potting soil and use those for planting vegetables, spreading them in an orderly fashion around the front yard. Think vertically when planting a garden in your front yard, especially if you do not have a lot of space. Insert small trellises into the containers supporting climbing plants, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini and pole beans. Empty flower boxes serve to plant more vegetables.

Types of Vegetables

Refrain from planting vegetables that take up a lot of space, such as pumpkins or watermelon if you only have a small area or have to use containers. Plant vegetables, such as such as cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash, zucchini and bush beans, instead. Growing vegetables in succession gets the most out of a front yard garden. Start in the spring with vegetables preferring cooler weather, such as lettuce and cabbage. Harvest those vegetables, and then plant more or plant seeds around those vegetables just before harvesting them.

Keeping It Neat

Keep the garden neat. This is something that not only you have to look at every day, but your neighbours as well. Make your front yard vegetable garden an attractive place.

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