Before drawing up a garden plan, you should consider a few key points:
- Bylaws: Are there bylaws or HOA laws that will influence your plans?
- Light: For heat-loving veggies, like tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, and peppers, your space needs to get at least eight to 10 hours of sun a day. You can get away with less for shade veggies.
- Soil: This may need to be heavily amended with organic matter. It can be done over time, but a solution is to garden in pots or raised beds, so you can control the soil in your garden. If you’re adding raised beds, you may also need a sizeable soil delivery to fill them.
- Upkeep: Do you have time for weeding? You may feel extra compelled to keep a neat and tidy garden because of it being more visible than if it were in the backyard.
- Water source: Will it be easy to navigate your hose to the front garden? If not, are you okay lugging watering cans around every morning in the summer?
- Call before you dig: Unless you’re adding plants to an established garden, it’s important that you know what’s underground (such as gas lines) before you start digging everything up. Most utility companies will come and mark the lines for free.
Planning your front yard vegetable garden
Sneaking front yard veggies into a perennial garden
Adding raised beds to your front yard
Envision your driveway as valuable real estate for growing vegetables
Ideas to apply to a front yard vegetable garden
- Kitchen garden basics: How to get started
- Galvanized raised beds: DIY and no-build options for gardening
- Raised bed designs for gardening
- Set up a self watering raised bed
- Cattle panel trellis: How to build a DIY vegetable garden arch
- Patio vegetable garden setup
- Fabric raised beds: The perks of growing fruit and vegetables in these versatile containers