Now before your front yard becomes a pumpkin patch I have a few recommendations.
One, don’t plant in a location that has been inundated with chemicals and if you dig up some lawn add some new soil/compost into the area before planting.
Two, certain plants like gourds or even tomatoes start to look a bit peaky towards the end of the season and may not remain the gorgeous greenery you had envisioned.
Three, if you run out of room or are renting, note that many crops (especially smaller varieties) can be planted in pots. So even if your front yard is the size of a closet you can still garden.
Four, some cities frown on such things as front yard raised beds and a fence lined with blackberries, but as far as I know the foothill cities do not have an ordinances against front yard food practices. But just to be sure, check with the city you live in and see what they allow.
Five, if you’re worried about people plundering your harvest, plant closer to your residence rather than near the street.
Our yard will become a smörgåsbord this summer. I snuggled six heirloom tomato plants in between various peppers and herbs. Pole beans sit near a line of roses and potatoes occupy two pots. The carrots are in a pot on the porch and garlic surrounds the small apple tree near the street. Corn is in the corner and jalapeno peppers pop out from among the fence roses. Lettuce is in a few spots along with onions and more garlic. But driving by, you probably wouldn’t think twice if it wasn’t for the tomato cages. Why? Because the veggies are joined by a variety of perennial and annual flowers. That’s the beauty of front yard gardening. You reap the benefits of having a garden even if it doesn’t look like your standard garden.
That’s not to say you couldn’t have raised planting beds or a row garden out front just for crops. Do that too! You can border the beds with grass, roses or lovely flowering plants. Combine your crops with native plants or others that attract beneficial insects and pay attention to the rules of companion planting. Find a design that works for you. And remember that just because you want to grow edibles out front doesn’t mean your yard can’t/won’t look good too!
If you want to completely transform your yard, many are chucking the grass and standard shrubs and creating lovely food forests. Look at some of these yards below and you can see just how lush and lovely they can be. These yards incorporate the principles of something called permaculture, which is homesteading at its best.