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Book Review: Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn

January 3, 2008

Have you ever thought about getting rid of your front lawn??? By the way, if you want it green all year long, this will be your yard’s biggest water hog. Not to mention, suck the life out of your soil. I can only dream of renting a sod cutter next spring. But when you have two large dogs, it becomes a necessity when daily jaunts to the dog park are unrealistic, or if you faint at the thought of them running through your prized heirloom tomatoes.

Well, before you decide to get rid of the lawn and move your vegetable garden to the front yard, take a look at this incredible website, Edible Estates* by Fritz Haeg. Just so you know, the neighborhood stops, just like those VISA commercials, when they see you designing a vegetable garden in the front yard. Most of the time they are really. . . UGLY. I have only seen one well-designed front yard garden in person. Magazines don’t count. These designers have artfully fused ecology with design. Your neighbors couldn’t possibly snicker behind your back with a garden this beautiful . . . and EDIBLE.

This site can be a little tricky to maneuver but worth a few clicks if you are interested. If you are a visual person like me, add this book to your library by clicking the link Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, published by Metropolis Books in Spring 2008 and distributed by D.A.P.

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