I’ve always wanted a front yard garden. My shaded backyard is ideal for raising animals (and exuberant young boys), but not much food can grow there. Instead of food, I planted a trampoline, hammock, treehouse, slide, swing, fish pond, and sandbox.
My front yard is an altogether different story. It’s a lawn — a wide expanse of grass that gets plenty of sun. Ever since we bought this house a year and a half ago, I’ve wanted to dig up my lawn and put in edible landscaping.
Here in Central Texas, the time to plant is NOW. If we’re going to put in a garden, we need to do it yesterday.
Unfortunately, I just don’t feel like I’ve got the time or energy right now to put one in. Part of me really wants to, and anytime I talk to a friend I feel motivated to just do it.
But I also can’t imagine it happening without some serious help and planning.
That’s when I find myself wishing that someone in my area would offer to do for me what these fine ladies are doing in the Portland area:
They’re putting in gardens. They farm full-time — in other people’s yards. How cool is that?
Want to know what’s going on in other people’s gardens this spring? Check out today’s Cheeseslave.carnival over at