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:
http://www.davislifemagazine.com/2010/07/parterre-of-plenty/

Best,
Anette