Today we’re headed to Canada to visit a garden that proves you don’t need a lot of space to grow a lot of food.
My name is Lindsay, and I live in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
This is my front yard. The garden is approximately 14 feet by 12 feet. This is my fifth year living here and doing this garden. Every year it gets larger. This year I decided to try raised boxes to improve my crop. It is about 95% vegetables, though there are flowers to add color. I have corn, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beans, peas, squash, pumpkins, watermelon, turnip, beets, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, onions, strawberries, asparagus, and carrots.
Overview of the garden. The small space is packed with a wide range of crops. In the foreground is a big bed of strawberries.
A few flowers are mixed in among the vegetables. The yellow flower is a gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii, Zones 8–10 or as annual).
Raised beds and containers are a great shortcut to dealing with poor soil, allowing you to bring in high-quality soil and providing excellent drainage. They also elevate the garden, making for a little less bending over. Raised beds can be an expensive option for a larger garden but are perfect for getting the most out of a small space.
Lindsay’s lush, productive front yard is in stark contrast to the plain, empty yards around her! Why have a boring lawn when you could have fresh, homegrown produce?
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