Liberated Yard (since 1990): Growing food not grass. Providing not only beauty but food, medicine and income.
The other day we received a phone call from a young lady who was impressed over the front yard’s edible landscaping and wondered if we paid for any “professional help.” I informed her that “no, we did it ourselves.”
The transformation from home to homestead has been an organic evolution (20 plus years in the making) – slow with many trials and efforts.
The front yard has undergone several “edible” revisions over the last 18 years and we still do this day have grow along with our garden.
A DIY spirit resides with us urban homesteaders, we like get dirty and do things ourselves. And I think that’s what makes a garden successful is the personal input that you put into it – the garden is an extension of your heart and soul. You are the only one that know the hottest, coldest, driest, wettest and every idiosyncrasy of your yard.
Steps to making a successful front yard edible garden
1. pretty – be conscious of your neighbors. First thing is you should ask yourself “would I live next door to me.”
2. productive – be innovative and use every square inch, be willing to try new edibles varieties
3. practical – use natural growing methods to conserve water and resources
4. personal – DIY and let your edible garden develop into an extension of your very own needs and desires
If you are or have already liberated your yard from the traditional lawn – join others at FreedomGardens.org for the Liberate Your Yard Challenge (check out the nifty digital propaganda images for each challenge issued)
Front yards can be beautiful and productive.