Turned their front yard into a blooming garden

It’s really amazing what you can do with the surplus places in your yard. I just read the really inspiring story, written by Leslie Kuss, about a couple that turned their front yard into a blooming garden with lots of vegetables. Some years ago John and Barbara Ashby decided to change this part of their site. They cut down two trees that stood in front of their house. Then they also dropped their lawn. After they had removed both the trees and their lawn they began to turn the front yard into a garden with vegetables. Their aim was to let their new garden come as close to an organic garden as possible. No chemicals there.

In order to get the best results from their garden they decided to grow the plants in four larger, raised beds. In these beds they grow such vegetables as cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, lettuces, peppers, squash and tomatoes. And to the side they have also placed some smaller beds. In the smaller beds John and Barbara grow squash and melons. According to the article, last year John produced about 750 pounds of vegetables and fruits. The costs? Just $150 that the couple spent on compost, a few plants and some seeds. That’s all. Quite impressive when you consider how much they’ve gotten in return.

You can read the rest of this inspiring account here:


Jim’s vertical garden

I’ve written about Vertical Gardening before. But just in case you don’t know what Vertical Gardening is, it’s a way to grow your own garden – almost everywhere, even the smallest spaces. But instead of growing your plants on a horizontal level, you grow them vertically, typically in some kind of vertical container. This means that you can grow you vertical garden in the most unlikely places, in inner cities etc.

I first discovered Vertical Gardening several years ago. I still remember how I saw a beautiful vertical growing system filled with the most delicious strawberries. And all these plants just took up very little space. I was quite impressed, and I’ve been fascinated by this kind of gardening ever since.

On The Digitel Charleston I just read an interesting article by Amanda Click on Vertical Gardening. Amanda tells about Jim Martin who is executive director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy. Amanda recently visited Jim and his garden where he grows at least some of his plants vertically. Here is a video by Jim showing one example of how he uses Vertical Gardening:

Again, you can read the rest of Amanda’s article here: Vertical Gardening.