I have converted about half of my yard into a vegetable garden. Actually, three vegetable gardens: a container garden (wood chips kill the grass; containers placed in the wood chips), a regular earth garden, and a Back to Eden garden (eight inches of wood chips kill the grass; I will plant directly in the earth under the wood chips). Marie, however, has drawn a line in the
sandsoil: No front yard. Her reasoning? Simple: It looks like hell. And quite frankly, I agree with her. I’ve never seen a front yard garden that looks good. I’ve seen a few that might look somewhat passable, but most look horrible. On top of that, I wouldn’t want an ordinary garden. I’d want a vegetable garden, and edible gardens typically aren’t geared toward ascetics.
I’m re-thinking that position now, in light of the nice-looking garden pictured here. It was the subject of a local battle in Quebec. The gardeners’ town wanted them to tear it down because it violated a local ordinance that says no more than 30% of a front yard can be devoted to gardening, no matter how ascetically pleasing. The couple fought back and the town council relented and is now changing the ordinance (the principal of subsidiarity at work, incidentally: good luck waging such a battle at the federal level).
And Marie actually softened a bit on the idea of a front yard garden. She concedes that this garden looks pretty nice. Although I’m a long way from tearing up the front yard (I have my hands full with my current garden and Marie is still holding the line), at least now I have a template for doing it right if I ever take that momentous step.
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