When starting a garden, it's easy to overlook the obvious ....
I chatted online with a man who was enthusiastic about edible landscaping, and he took starting a garden SERIOUSLY.
He spent hundreds of dollars on seeds, plants, and tools ...
... and only then did he learn that his Homeowners' Association covenant forbids growing food in the front yard.
He felt crushed! After digging up his yard, he has to fight the HOA board while his valuable plants sit in containers.
There are many reasons to slow down and investigate BEFORE starting a garden that have nothing to do with restrictive covenants (although those seem to be a major hurdle in some areas).
Here's some things to consider when starting out:
(if so, all is not lost! I've written a couple of articles about this in the Tasteful Landscape newsletter, if you're interested. Access is free when you join.)
is not good. The risk of pollution is much higher in those areas, as
well as the risk of garbage, pilferage, and other annoyances. Consider
moving if possible, or restricting your edible landscaping to the
area farthest from the highway.
Keep edible plantings at least 10 feet from any public street (unless it's very lightly traveled), just to be safe.
Get information on underground lines before starting any major digging projects by contacting your local utility company.
Personally, I would move. I'm serious. You don't want that on your food or in your body.
so, talk to them about using less hazardous chemicals (things like
Round-Up will kill some edible plants too), or else use edible
landscaping only in the center of your property, away from the property
lines you share.
Watch for water draining from their property onto yours, as
contaminated water can bring toxins into your garden.
None of these apply? Great! You're ready to think about the layout of your garden.
Here are some resources to get you started!
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