Simon Leufstedt

How to turn your lawn into a vegetable garden

Luke Keegan turned his front lawn into a beautiful vegetable garden full of life. This is how he did it (full story on imgur):
 
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This is my front yard as seen from my street in the middle of June.
 
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Started by making 8 6'x4' raised beds with 1"x10"x10' reclaimed redwood barn siding
 
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Filled the beds with free compost that the city gives away. You can see behind my girlfriend the garden that I put in parkway that used to be paved.

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Seeds started sprouting quickly. I sowed many directly, and some I started in a small hoop house I made in the backyard. Almost all my plants I grew from seed.

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Irrigation is a PITA.

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Filled cinder blocks with compost too. They'll hold the wood chips off the sidewalk and create a honeybee sanctuary with lavender, rosemary, thyme, and basil planted in them.

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This is one of my favorite features of the garden. I built a "free veggies" box to help spread the wealth. All sorts of people take what I offer up. I've seen people drive upand get out of there car just to check what's in the box. It is amazing how many zucchinis my neighbors will eat.

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The view from the roof.



Again, the full story with even more photos can be found here.

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What a great story. I moved from the city to a more rural area, but so few took advantage of the sandy soil out here. I was able to grow such an excess (and yes particularly zucchini) that I was placing "free ads" throughout my harvests. Aside from growing my own food and feeding so many others, gardening is an incredible stress reducer. I love to see examples like this.

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I love this idea.  Thanks for posting your pictures, they are amazing.  I would love to do this to part of my yard it looks so neat and easier to maintain than grass. 

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