Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn

Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn

Gregory Han
May 30, 2008

We just got back from taking Maxwell around Sunset Junction, and stopped into two of our favourite local design shops, Kelly Green and Reform School. While Maxwell and I perused through the wares at each shop, Emily invested in a resource that is going to help our spring-summer project: converting our apartment's ramshackle front garden into an "edible estate"...

Author Fritz Haeg's Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn outlines a relevant concern for us folks out there who want to learn more about taking steps toward sustainable living (and also good tasting produce). With real life case studies in urban/suburban locales such as Lakewood, California, Maplewood, New Jersey and London, England, there's plenty for us to refer to thanks to a photography filled book with garden plans and illustrations for first time garden landscapers. We'll report back how it goes using this resource as the project progresses, as we're currently in just the planning and clearing out phase (the whole garden was covered with a ridiculous array of stones/rocks I had to clear our).

Our own patch is roughly 7' wide by 20' in length, with a tiered ledge, so it's not exactly a lawn per se. But since we'd love to beautify the front, grow our own fresh produce and also invite the birds 'n the bees. Landscaping the front seems a worthy endevour, but one that requires some forethought.

Have any of you out there tackled a similar project? We'd love to see some for inspiration and also to learn from your personal insight about these type of projects.

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