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 for the Liberate Your Yard Challenge (check out the nifty digital propaganda images for each challenge issued)

Front yards can be beautiful and productive.

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  1. Sue says:

    I just came inside from picking strawberries, in my front yard. I live in the Midwest. Strawberry plants are a lovely groundcover for 10 months out of the year (they don’t look so good in January/February, but then neither does anything else). Your front yard looks MUCH better than mine, but I’m getting there. I have rhubarb as bushes, blueberries as bushes and apple trees as… trees. Now I want to follow your inspiration and try some edible flowers. Not everything in my front yard is edible but most of it is. And we have less grass every year.

  2. Di says:

    I’d love an edible front yard but we have problems with dogs, coyotes and other critters. What do you do to prevent ‘gifts’ from animals?

    Also do you have any green idea’s for terracing a front yard? Ours has a slope which I think would look great terraced, with pots and bamboo teepee etc. I just need to find a good way to terrace it that isn’t going to break the bank or damage the environment.

  3. Patty says:

    we have enough land in the back to produce lots of food for us but using the front yard is a spendid idea and will be thinking of how to incorporate some more edible plants in the front. Your yard looks great !

  4. Kristie says:

    Your front yard is really beautiful! I love the look of a cottage, adventure-enducing front yard. I would honestly call your front yard a garden!
    I’m curious what the ground cover is in the cracks of the concrete there. It’s so green and wonderful looking.

  5. Eileen G says:

    Allow me to pile on with another question. Do you have any problems with pedestirans helping themselves?

  6. Stacy says:

    Such beautiful artichoke plants! (Historically, mine always seem to look somewhat bedraggled…) Do you eat them after they bloom, or are you letting some of the heads blossom just for color now that you’ve harvested most of the year’s crop?

  7. Traci Meyer says:

    Thanks for sharing the picture-it was so peaceful I saved it as my wallpaper….The tall, large purple flower that’s shown looks like a thistle. If so, what do you do with them?

  8. Susy says:

    Love the yard! I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate more edible in my front yard. It’s the sunniest spot on my lot (lots of big trees on 3 side). I have plants out back, one of these days I’ll figure out the best plan. I love seeing your photos as inspiration!

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  10. Lenore Plassman says:

    I am fascinated by your non-electrical appliances- I’d love to know more about the pedal powered grain mill for instance. We have a hand powered grain mill now. I have always gone with the premise that I needed a small house and a large lot at least- we have herbs like mints and oregano and fruit trees in our front yard now. The town we live in prohibts “livestock” so we can’t have chickens etc. though we have plenty of room. We also use a small solar panel to power a light in our living room. My husband especially is interested in alternative energy. I am delighted to run into like minded folks. Thanks. Lenore Plassman

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