Looking to grow your own food but have to keep your landscaping up to par with your HOA rules? Want to grow food but find you have very limited space or perhaps you don’t want your neighbors to know you are growing food?
Those flowers might look good in the front yard but, maybe it feels like wasted space to have so many non-edible plants with today’s economy. 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.
Here are some tips for your front-yard edible garden
Choose the right plants: Choose plants that are well-suited to your climate and soil conditions. Consider growing vegetables, herbs, and fruits that are easy to grow and maintain, such as tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, and strawberries. Edible flowers are great for growing in these spaces while spicing up your summer salads with a pop of color and flavor.
Use raised beds or containers: Raised beds or containers can be a great way to grow food in your front yard, especially if your soil is poor or compacted. You can create a raised bed using wood, stone, or other materials, or use containers such as pots or barrels.
This can give your garden a new look while protecting your edible plants from any chemicals you may have used in your landscaping beds last year. If you didn’t use any chemicals then try some cute edging to update the look for less.
Prepare the soil: Prepare the soil by removing any weeds or debris and adding compost or other organic matter to improve the soil structure and fertility. You may also need to test your soil to determine its pH level and nutrient content.
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.
Maintain your garden: Regular maintenance is key to a successful front yard garden. This includes watering, fertilizing, pruning, and harvesting. Be sure to remove any dead or diseased plants to prevent the spread of disease.
Consider aesthetics: Consider the aesthetics of your front yard garden and how it will fit in with your house and landscaping. Choose plants that complement your home’s style and color scheme, and consider adding decorative elements such as trellises, planters, or garden art.
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.
Remember that the more food you grow for your family the less you have to rely on the grocery stores and the further your budget will go.