I think I have seen almost every kind of garden in the front yard in Denver. Many are pretty, many are bad. Sometimes people just don’t realize what will and won’t grow until the try it.
I have watched this one progress as it is on a walk I do often, there are quite a few others in this neighborhood but many are so shady right now, my fabulous little camera on my phone doesn’t do them justice. (and I am not a great photographer)
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Since it is fall the pumpkin and zucchini are looking gorgeous all over the neighborhood, I think there were beans growing on the wooden trellis, which is pretty by itself, there is a restaurant a few blocks away called Bittersweet who grows the produce served on the menu and just a few block from there is the huge community garden (West Washington Park Community Garden). Check that link for a Denver Community Garden near you.
I remember as a child a few years where we planted corn, lettuce, carrots and tomatoes in the back yard. Maybe a few more things, but what I remember most as a teenager was hoping my parents didn’t want to do the corn. First off it ruined my tanning space, second the clean up in the fall was torturous. I loved the tomatoes, and the lettuce, radishes and carrots. As a really busy single mom, who lived in a town house, I grew parsley, a few different types of oregano rosemary. We didn’t have enough sun for tomatoes.
Some times when I walk past this particular garden I wonder if people take the vegetables? The house is on a busy street and they have tons of people walking by to the restaurants in the area. Many of the other front yard gardens in this neighborhood are behind a fence (why it is hard for me to take photos) and they are just as lovely as this with the front yard mixed with traditional grass and shrubs as well as the garden.
Take notice of the gardens around you, maybe you want to plant one next year? Start planning now, especially if you want the garden in the front yard. Springtime will come before you know it and in Denver I just learned this year, we have enough time for two crops, spring and a late summer one. I’ll write more about that later.