Everyone’s got a backyard garden (well, not everyone but you know what I mean). Front yard gardens, however, are a rarer breed. Out front, most homeowners opt for manicured grass lawns and polite flowerbeds while out back, shielded from the eyes (and hands) of the general public, edible gardens are allowed to grow wild. Domestic gardening habits, in a way, are akin to the mullet hairstyle: “Business up front, party in the back.”

The time-honored tradition of maintaining gardens out back instead of in front is completely understandable. A front yard overflowing with luscious produce can invite foraging trespassers and members of homeowner associations with a bone to pick. I kind of know the feeling … growing up in the Pacific Northwest, the sloping front yard of my childhood home was frequently ripe with mushrooms — and college-aged mushroom pickers — during certain parts of the year. I remember looking out the living room window and wondering: why are all those burnt-out looking people with plastic baggies milling about on the front lawn?

Some people, however, don’t see the point in keeping an immaculately groomed, food-free, and sometimes chemically treated front lawn. They’d rather do away with grass and treat it just as they would the backyard. Is this you? Do you partake in “full-frontal gardening?” 

If so, Fritz Haeg is on the hunt for folks interested in having their edible front yard gardens featured in the latest edition of his 2008 book, Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn. Until Aug. 31, homeowners who have replaced blah patches of grass in front of their homes or apartment buildings with edible gardens in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3, 4, 5 and 9 are invited to send Haeg the following:

• A 50- word story about your garden

• Four or five high-res photos of your garden

• You contact info along with the size of your garden and the date you established it

• Your USDA Hardiness Zone

One submission from each zone will be selected and featured in the new Edible Estates; the chosen front lawn gardener will receive a copy of the book. Head on over to Fritz Haeg’s website for more info on the submission process. And while you’re at it, check out this interesting article on parking strip gardening in Seattle.

Via [HuffPo Green]

Photo: enjoycarrotjuice

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Full-frontal gardening
Have you transformed your humdrum front lawn into a vibrant edible garden? Get it featured in the newest edition of <i>Edible Estates</i>.