Front Gardens: A Work in Progress

This week has be unusually cool in our region so we thought this would be a great time to start prepping our gardening space in the front of the house.  Below is a picture of our house before we started clearing out the beds.

The front of the house before any projects had started.

The front of the house before any projects had started.

Our plan is to use the square foot gardening method. We will have gardens on either side of the covered porch and along the front of the porch as well. The first bed will be on the right side of the porch as this bed is already defined and has the most work to get ready.  We have a lot of shrubs, decorative grasses and weeds to clear out before we can get anything started.

My project was to clear out everything in the bed, leaving just the line of boxwood bushes in the back.  We are leaving these for now as they provide some protection from the afternoon sun.  The big bushes were cut down by my husband.  I started digging out the decorative grasses and pulling up the weed blocker that the weeds and grasses started growing on top of.  We are going to let the bushes dry out and the rest of the yard waste will be thrown into the compost bin.  Below are a few pictures of the progress on clearing the bed.

Pulling up the weed blocker.

Pulling up the weed blocker.

Clearing the bed and the extra bushes cut down.

Clearing the bed and the extra bushes cut down. The boxwoods are trimmed up and looking more uniform.

Here is what the front of the house looks like during the process.

Front of the house - during the clearing process.

Front of the house – during the clearing process.

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Growing Food, Not Shrubs and Flowers

Shrubs and flowers certainly look nice but do they really serve a purpose when you’re trying to live off the land? When your goal is to produce all of your own food, curb appeal gets put on the backburner. Our goal with the majority of our gardens is for them to be close to the house for easy access. A good friend reminded us that a great garden is tinkered with everyday, so easy access is a must. For this reason, we are converting the shrub/flower garden in the front of the house to a food/herb garden.

We hope to find mostly “pretty” foods and herbs since it is in the front of the house but in reality, we are not going to be super picky. We live on a dirt road 10 minutes from a tiny town that doesn’t get a lot of tourists. So in all reality, how many people are really going to be driving by our house?

We are going to be utilizing a gardening method called square foot gardening. Square foot gardening is a fairly new method of gardening that is supposed to multiply your production by up to 500%, reduce water usage, and is easy to maintain. I say supposed to do all those things because we have yet to try it. From what we’ve read, it seems legit so we’re going to give it a shot. You will all know how well it works for us in the coming months. Another plus other than efficiency is that square foot gardening creates nice, clean lines, which is perfect as the garden will be in front of our house.

Here’s a picture of the front of our house before we started any projects. We will keep you up to date with progress pics in future posts. As you can see, the previous owners didn’t give much TLC to their garden. The next time you see this house, most of those shrubs and decorative plants will be gone!

The front of the house before any projects had started.

The front of the house before any projects had started.