Planning the Front Yard Garden

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m moving the bulk of the vegetable garden to the front yard.

My plans for the layout have been in flux. I originally imagined having two side-by-side 10’x3′ (roughly) slightly raised garden beds, similar to what exists in the backyard.

But that layout seems a bit boring to me. I want the front yard garden to be not only functional but also pretty to look at. I see the front yard garden every day as I go in and out of the house via the driveway, and our kitchen window and my bedroom window look out on it.

Currently, the yard is torn up where we pulled out the strawberry tree last fall. A big pile of compost, coffee grounds, and dirt sits in the hole now. I spent some time on Saturday leveling things out and mixing the compost in a little bit. As I was working I played with different configurations for the garden.

The space I have to work with here is roughly 15′ x 15′. My current plan is to divide it into four quadrants with two paths running perpendicular to each other through the square. The paths will be roughly 2 feet wide, which means each quadrant will be about 6’x6′. Plenty of space!

I imagine putting a trellis of beans in the center garden plot (or I could put four trellises – one in the center of each quadrant….hmmmm….). I can use one quadrant for tomatoes, one plot for onions, one plot for squash, etc. Or I can put squash around the outside and let them sprawl over the lawn and then plant rows of vegetables radiating toward the center.

That poorly drawn tree on the left side of the photo is the future site of the olive tree (potentially)

There are so many ways I could arrange this space! And the fun part is: I can do it one way this year and change it up in years to come. And I still have a flower garden to plan and plant this year too!

2 thoughts on “Planning the Front Yard Garden”

    1. I would love to add some espaliered fruit trees to the yard! I think it might be nice to have some between the driveway and this new garden bed – where a row of hydrangeas are now.

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