Looking to grow your own food but have to keep your landscaping up to par with your HOA rules? Those flowers might look good in the front yard but it feels like wasted space. The good news is edible landscaping is a thing and you can hide food in your garden beds and no one has to know.
Hide a Vegetable Garden in your Front Yard
Go for a show. Big and bright flowers make your garden beds look fluffed up and showy. Your neighbors will never know those blooms are hiding something. In the back of sunny flower beds behind the big show plant melons, squash, and other low plants.
Fill in gaps with blooming herbs and replace edging with green leafy herbs.
Mix bush beans, leafy veggies, and unusual veggies in with your flowers. Not only does this look great but your flowers will attract pollinators which will help your plants produce more food. Think of it as a win-win situation.
Explore less common edibles. Blue strawberries? Beans with stunning bright flowers? With a little searching, you can find amazing vegetables that look nothing like vegetables in your flower beds. Red-Leaved Hyacinth Bean would look amazing amongst your flowers and seeing you eat the beans while they are small you harvest them before anyone could begin to think they are food. If you love hot peppers Chinese 5 Color Pepper looks like ornaments and will surely spice up your dinner.
Don’t be afraid to add containers to your garden. Big decorative containers can add style to your landscaping and make the perfect place to grow training vines. Sweet potatoes and attila strawberries with stunning runners look amazing trailing down large planters and no one would think anything of them. Containers make a great cover for large gaps left behind after a harvest.
Keep your garden beds looking great and no one will care if you can eat what is in it.
Fill in gaps as you harvest. Keeping seedlings of fast-growing plants like Bush beans, ready to fill in gaps is a great way to keep your flower beds looking amazing even after food is done for the season. If you leave large open gaps the neighbors will notice so planning ahead gives you an advantage and allows your garden to look amazing all year long.
Mulch your garden well. Not only does a mulched garden look better from the street the much makes caring for even easier. Water stays in and weeds are less of an issue. The cleanest looking flower beds always have nice pretty mulch and even your vegetables will benefit from it.
Give your garden beds a bit more attention than normal. If your flower beds were only flowers they would be less work but that does not make adding food to your flower beds not worth the effort. Prune your plants and do regular checks for pests and disease to keep your hidden garden healthy.