Front Yard Gardening

| 7/22/2016 12:51:48 PM

Erin SheehanOur entire back yard is a vegetable garden and we have a community garden plot, so when we wanted to expand our food growing this year we were sort of at a loss as to where to go.

Short of asking neighbors if we could rototill up their lawn and plant a garden, we didn't have a lot of options.


Jim had the idea of putting in two raised beds in our front yard. We looked into the zoning in our neighborhood and it appeared that raised beds probably aren't allowed because you can't put a permanent structure or certain kinds of fence in the front. But we decided to go ahead and build them anyway and hope for the best. They measure 8' x 4' and have added about 60 square feet to our cultivated land, bringing us up to about 1,800 square feet of vegetable garden space.

Jim bought cedar to make the boxes and put them together in the spring. He had dirt and compost delivered from a local company and spent a morning in the rain moving dirt from the driveway to the boxes. Neighbors and passersby were quite curious about what we were doing. I think maybe some were a bit skeptical, but no more now that we're harvesting!

Raised Beds

Raised Beds Building