Front Yard Edible Gardens

April 13, 2015 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

Debby Hanscom

“Everyone in the neighbourhood loves it, and it’s given me more opportunities to spend time in my front yard to talk with my neighbours. We’ve had poor results trying to grow veggies in our backyard. The front yard has been a huge success though, since there’s much more sun, and the busyness of Main street means that our worst pest in the backyard — squirrels — don’t eat my veggies in the front yard.”- Amy Boyle: Rideau Gardens

Benefits of front yard edible gardens:

  • Productive use of lawn space by growing food such as vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Diverts water from grass into something that can be eaten.
  • A very safe and healthy way to grow nutritious food, with no need for pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers.
  • In many circumstances, there is more sunlight on a front yard than a backyard, which allows for better conditions for growing plants.
  • Enhances biodiversity and attracts pollinators
  • Allows for experimenting with varieties of food that cannot typically be found in a grocery store.
  • Can be used as a tool to educate children about growing their own food.
  • Can be used as a way to start conversations with neighbours and passers-by.
  • Can become a symbol of pride for the neighbourhood if it attracts people and is aesthetically pleasing for local residents.
  • If part of the harvest from the garden is offered to those in need through a local emergency food distribution point, it can aid in the overall food security of a neighbourhood.

Read Just Food – Front Yard Edible Gardens.

See our many growing resources on the TC+ Food Action Page!


Entry filed under: Community, Food, Gardens, How-To, Resilience.

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