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Vegetable Garden In Your Front Lawn - Save Money While Living Sustainably

Posted Jul 29 2010 4:00am
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Shawna Coronado's front lawn organic vegetable and herb garden.

When I first began the journey of removing the grass from my front lawn and installing 5,000 pounds of rotted buffalo manure in 2009, I had no idea where it would lead. In the first year I learned a lot of hard lessons and soon realized that a vegetable garden requires more water than all the rest of my garden combined. Building a sustainable vegetable garden became a

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Robin bathing in the front lawn Aquascape rain water cistern fountain.

priority more than ever.

With the help of Aquascape, Inc. I had a rain water cistern and water fountain installed in the front lawn to help me supply fresh water to the vegetables. This season I began composting kitchen and yard waste heavily, added more composted manure, and mulched the vegetable garden; all things to do for your

garden which will help conserve water. Thanks to Organic Mechanics Soil , I was also able to add worm castings in the vegetable garden zones where I did not rotate crops in the hopes the added nutrients will help the plants build positive microbial root activity.

This season I christened the garden with a name; "Jardin de Vegetal" and have worked to make it easier to plant and more ornamental to boost the front lawn attractiveness factor. In the rough hand-drawn design below you can see how I laid out a "sun ray" design around the front patio and walk way in my plan.

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A simple sun ray design laid out on paper before project implementation.

It was very simple to create. First, I drew out a rough design for the garden (see above plan), then I dug in soil amendments. Next, I strung rope in straight lines to mark out where the plants should go, planted the plants, mulching well. That was easy!

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Below is the list of incredible Burpee Home Gardens plants I used to make this vision come true. The numbers coordinate with the numbers on the above plan. The alphabet letters are perennials I laid out in the full-shade section of the front garden since it would not adequately support vegetable plants:

  1. 30 Gourmet Blend Mixed Lettuces Plants
  2. 30 Red Rubin Basil Plants
  3. 16 Cabbage Plants
  4. 40 Onion Plants - White Sweet Spanish
  5. 20 Bush Bean Plants and 5 Burpee's Bush Table Queen Squash Plants
  6. 5 Burpee Golden Zucchini Plants
  7. 3 SuperTasty Tomato Plants
  8. 5 Sweet Burpless Cucumber Plants
  9. 10 Flavorburst Pepper Plants
  10. 5 Big Beef Tomato Plants
  11. 2 SuperTasty Tomato Plants
  12. 2 SunGold Cherry Tomato Plants

In the top photo you can see how the garden looks mid-summer. Pretty good - plants are growing strong and I am very happy. To see even more of how the design and planting worked, please watch the below video.

-- Burpee Home Gardens supplied the vegetables grown in the garden this season. I  write many instructional stories and videos with their incredible vegetable products and donate a large portion of the vegetables to the local food pantry when harvested.

-- Corona Clipper supplied the really awesome planting tools I planted with.

-- Organic Mechanics Soil supplied the worm castings for the garden areas which were not crop-rotated this season.

-- Aquascape, Inc. supplied the rain water cistern for easier watering of the vegetable garden.

This story was originally published on my gardening blog, "The Casual Gardener."

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