Vegetable Garden In Your Front Lawn - Save Money While Living Sustainably
Posted Jul 29 2010 4:00am
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
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.
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!
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:
30 Gourmet Blend Mixed Lettuces Plants
30 Red Rubin Basil Plants
16 Cabbage Plants
40 Onion Plants - White Sweet Spanish
20 Bush Bean Plants and 5 Burpee's Bush Table Queen Squash Plants
5 Burpee Golden Zucchini Plants
3 SuperTasty Tomato Plants
5 Sweet Burpless Cucumber Plants
10 Flavorburst Pepper Plants
5 Big Beef Tomato Plants
2 SuperTasty Tomato Plants
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
-- 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."