Recently there has been a lot of media attention on people with front yard vegetable gardens in my area of the country. I think it is grand, but some home owners associations and county commissioners don’t think so. Neighbors do not have a problem with it, they love it. Neighbors are frequently thought of and gifted at harvest time. One couple takes their surplus produce during harvest time and makes a big pot of soup. They take it down to Lake Eola Park and feed the homeless (another practice some folk aren’t to happy about). I think everyone should have a garden, whether it is in the front yard or the back.
It doesn’t matter whether it is a garden of vegetables or flowers. It makes the world a little bit better place. Gardening doesn’t always require a lot of space. When my father was living in a little basement apartment during his divorce, he took seeds and planted them all around his apartment complex. (You may want to get permission from your landlord or groundskeeper.) He had peppers, all variety of squash; zucchini yellow crookneck, acorn and butternut, tomatoes etc..and he gleefully handed them out to his co-dwellers who were most appreciative. There is not much that is more satisfying than digging a hole in the earth, planting a seed or a starter plant and watching it take root and send out greenery and flower and fruit to reach for the the sun. It adds color and beauty to the landscape. It can feed the hungry. It restores the soul. Plant something, anything, and watch it grow. It is the perfect time of year. Watch it progress from nothing to something.