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Old 09-20-2015, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Obviously they don't have deer or HOA to deal with. This is nice. Wouldn't it be great if more neighbors did this?

This is What Happens When You Decide To Create Your Own Food Security - Grow Food, Not Lawns

and then there's this

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...bles-yard.html

update

http://business.time.com/2011/07/15/...etable-garden/

And this is an interesting story about urban homesteading.

http://valhallamovement.com/link/lea...st-110th-acre/

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Old 09-20-2015, 09:20 AM
 
Location: NC
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A tidy vegetable garden can be really attractive, even as nice as flowers and shrubs. It is hard to write a standard for that I suppose. But personally I love the look of a well tended kitchen garden. Perhaps mixing it with colorful annual flowers would be the key. I wonder if the objection was to the raised beds, no matter what would be in them.
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:48 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We have done that, in fact I have a 7'x11' greenhouse over the raised beds on my lawn area. Many of our neighbors have done the same, with or without greenhouse. It's not that we don't want a lawn (I still have enough grass to need a riding mower) but we have a lot of old-growth 100' fir and cedar trees, and have to grow the garden where the sun will hit it.
This is my 4th year with the greenhouse, and I'll be building a larger one next spring as the plastic is about shot. No one has ever complained, in fact some neighbors walking by will stop if I'm outside and ask to look inside. We have no HOA and the City has no rules against it.
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:51 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I would never have a front yard garden because to be honest neighborhood kids might get it in their heads to raid your garden and steal whatever they can . I would then have to enlighten my neighbors about the actions of their kids and then I would have to tell them they will be owing me monetary value of said stolen goods . no thank you don't want a front yard garden a lot of trouble and a lot of worry .
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Old 09-20-2015, 11:26 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I would never have a front yard garden because to be honest neighborhood kids might get it in their heads to raid your garden and steal whatever they can . I would then have to enlighten my neighbors about the actions of their kids and then I would have to tell them they will be owing me monetary value of said stolen goods . no thank you don't want a front yard garden a lot of trouble and a lot of worry .
My (late) father in law had a nice solution for that problem. He caught a neighbor kid swiping and eating one of his tomatoes, and said to him "I hate to tell you but that plant is where the dog pees."

With the greenhouse, neither the kids, nor the deer, squirrels, rabbits or other creatures bother my crops.
Neighbors without a greenhouse have to use deer fence.
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Old 09-20-2015, 11:44 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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My (late) father in law had a nice solution for that problem. He caught a neighbor kid swiping and eating one of his tomatoes, and said to him "I hate to tell you but that plant is where the dog pees."

With the greenhouse, neither the kids, nor the deer, squirrels, rabbits or other creatures bother my crops.
Neighbors without a greenhouse have to use deer fence.


LOL the dog pees ....
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Old 09-21-2015, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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My HOA would have a fit.
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Old 09-26-2015, 12:56 PM
 
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Interesting, thanks for posting
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Old 09-26-2015, 01:41 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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My HOA would have a fit.
And mine would not care.
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