Happy Earth Day! It’s the 50ieth anniversary of this celebration of our beautiful planet. Here on our little piece of paradise we try to live as lightly as we can. We installed the air source heat pump last year, I am now freezing the fruits and veggies in reuseable containers and I switched to cotton napkins instead of paper. Growing your own vegetables is good move to help the environment as it saves your lettuce or strawberries from having to travel miles and miles to get to you in the stores. Or you could set up a pollinator garden – we need to do all we can to help the bees! I thank Quarto Books for sending me a copy of Gardening Your Front Yard at no charge for my honest review.
Even if you only have a front yard you can still grow a little garden with some simple produce like lettuce and tomatoes.
About Gardening Your Front Yard:
Gardening Your Front Yard is an active, inspiring resource that shows you how to treat your front yard like a backyard without sacrificing beauty, from choosing the right plants to building walkways and setting up a front yard patio.
With her unique combination of DIY/building savvy and gardening expertise, author Tara Nolan (Raised Bed Revolution) of SavvyGardening.com weaves you past the main pitfalls you may encounter when trying to fit a garden or gardens between your home and the street. This beautiful and comprehensive hardcover book shows how to accomplish several hardscaping projects, such as laying a mowing border and building a walkway; provides inspiration to create a rain garden; and gives DIY instructions for making your own raised beds, a bench, a privacy screen, and more—all custom-designed for the rigors of front-yard gardening.
Gardening Your Front Yard is a gardening book in every sense of the word, however. Choosing the right plants is even more important when you are dealing with a small, highly visible area sometimes with less than ideal growing conditions. You will find advice on planting around foundation walls, and dealing with road salt, as well as planting boulevards/hell strips. Shade gardens, privacy screening, and security dos and don’ts are covered, plus how to intermingle edibles and landscape plants, dry creek beds, picket fences, and much, much more.
With the sage advice and step-by-step projects of this comprehensive guide, convert your front yard from a bland grasscape to a vital living space.
About the Author:
Tara Nolan, author of Raised Bed Revolution, is a garden writer and editor with a diverse background in publishing. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, as well as in magazines, including Reader’s Digest and Canadian Living, and on websites, like Design*Sponge. Tara is a co-founder, with three other garden writers, of Savvy Gardening (savvygardening.com) and was the award-winning web editor of Canadian Gardening magazine’s website (CanadianGardening.com) for six years. Tara does work for the Toronto Botanical Garden and the Canadian Garden Council, and volunteers for the Royal Botanical Garden. She is also a member of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Tara is from the Toronto, Canada, area.
This is a wonderful book. It is a celebration of making your front yard useful instead of just having a lawn. It gives you plans that are attractive and useful for creating the kind of garden you want whether it be a small vegetable garden, a pollinator garden or a place to revel in the glory of native plants.
Inside you will find suggestions, plans, and guides to help you work with the space you have to make the best use of your enviroment. But be sure you comply with any rules in your neighborhood before you start planting/building. I know sadly, that some places won’t let you plant vegetables in your front yard. I don’t understand why but I do know that these places exist. There are projects like decorative rain barrels and different plant stands to add to porches, decks or just general outdoor decor.
There are a lot of clever ideas but some of them might not appeal to those in more planned communities but that does not mean you still can’t add some bee and butterfly friendly plants to your landscape design. Every little bit does help!
My house doesn’t have a front yard and a back yard in that we have most of our land dedicated to food production and our house is set back on our lot to take advantage of the view of the river. The hubby is looking to do some landscaping around the yurt to pretty it up a bit but it also has to be fire wise given the conditions in which we live. He said he found some projects in the book that will be useful for different ideas that he has for future projects.
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