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Have you heard? There’s a woman in a Detroit suburb who could face jail time if she doesn’t remove the vegetable garden from her front yard. When we bought our first house six years ago, my spouse and I planted a peach tree and an edible garden in our front yard. We felt the fruits and veggies would make for great conversation starters with our new neighbors. And it worked. One of my favorite memories is when we first met Grace, an elderly woman who lives a block away, and learned that her family grows chard and collards in their backyard. We swapped our cucumbers for some of her leafy greens and our friendship blossomed.

Front Yard Vegetable Garden Controversy

Photographer Fritz Haeg (top row)

Top row photos via Sustainable Transition, from photographer Fritz Haeg & Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn. Bottom row photos from Ecosalon.

Lately, as I drive around Atlanta, I’ve noticed more and more front yard gardens. We’re talking raised beds with tomato plants and rows of corn. As evident in this Sunset magazine article, front yard edible gardens are popular in California. With all that sunshine it would practically be a sin not to there. But apparently not everywhere, like the growing controversy in the Detroit burbs. Then there’s the gardener in the county where my mom lives who ran afoul of code enforcement for growing too many veggies.

Do you have or would you plant an edible garden in your front yard? Is it wrong if it’s the only part of the property with good sunlight? Is it plain old ugly? Or can it be beautiful?

Tell us what you think in the comments below.



29 Responses

  1. Jason says:

    I think it depends on where you live. if the community where you live is Eco friendly or country type is could be pretty interesting design, but if it is modern community front yard probably is not the best idea.
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  3. It makes very much sense to grow a garden wherever you have sunlight. Don't worry about keeping up with the Jones. Who is gonna care for you, when you get Diabetes from eating all this fake sugar? Do YOU! Plant it wherever you like, but don't forget to give away the first tenth. That's very important!

  4. glennis says:

    We saw a very artistic veggie garden while visiting a public park in Kentucky. this motivated us to try to replicate it which we did with some success . neighbours all stopped and everyone had an opinion. One even asked how they could grow their marajuana as high as our swiss chard.

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