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This new mini farm will have plenty of space to grow an abundance of food for the family.

Design: Front Yard Mini Farm

Back in November, heading into the winter of the pandemic, we were crazy busy installing new gardens. Our client in West Hollywood wanted to turn their front yard into a productive vegetable garden. Out with the lawn, in with the front yard mini farm!

After removing a diseased tree, old thirsty grass, and some under-performing ornamentals, we installed 4 raised beds, and herb garden, beneficial flowers, and a fruit tree. Let’s take a look:


Pitt garden before
Our client already had a productive backyard filled with fruit trees, but the best sun exposure was in the front yard. Early morning light was just getting started when this photo was taken.

We cleared the grass, removed the diseased tree and cleared the old plants the client no longer wanted. Then we leveled and re-worked the irrigation for raised beds.

Pitt garden during
A blank canvas on which to create.

Next, we custom built 4 raised beds and created an herb planter area near the house. Using perimeter plants as a low hedge along the sidewalk, we encircled the new garden with flowering and low-water plants that will grow in to support and protect the garden.

Pitt front yard mini farm during
This new mini farm will have plenty of space to grow an abundance of food for the family. Still to come at this point: a new pink guava tree for the triangle next to the driveway, herbs for the three pots near the house, and plants for the raised beds.

We planted with the clients as the sun was setting and covered everything with protective fabric and netting to keep the busy critters out. While we planted, at least 5 neighbors stopped by to ooh and aah. The garden was already bringing the neighborhood together.

Over the next month or so, the new happy mini farmers tended their garden with care. Here are the results:

Pitt Mini Farm Growing
This front yard mini farm is packed with goodies. Peas, lettuces, arugula, root veggies, and sweet peas (still small).
Pitt front yard mini farm brassicas
The brassica bed has purple cauliflower, Romanesco, broccoli, kale, and bok choy. We found great organic seedlings at our friends Two Dog Nursery.
Pitt front yard mini farm
The allium bed has onions, garlic and shallots that will mature in early spring.

These gardenerds already had green thumbs but lacked the space to produce prolifically on their property. Now they can eat from their gardens in both front and back yards.

Need ideas for your own garden? Check out our gallery of some past projects here.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Wendy

    This is gorgeous! This is also exactly what I would like to do. However, my augustine and bermuda grass would definitely still grow throughout. Any tips on keeping the grass gone for good?

    1. Christy

      We dig it out by hand and then tackle any spots that come back right away. They weaken over time and eventually stop coming up if you keep at it. Covering with mulch or sheet mulching doesn’t kill it. It thrives in darkness so I don’t recommend covering with plastic either. Rototilling will just make it angry so avoid that as well. Dig down 12 to 18″ and you will get it by the roots!

  2. Shelley Klein

    I would love to see what you did with the parkway. I live on a corner and have so much parkway.

    1. Christy

      We did not do anything to the parkway on this project. Parkways in Los Angeles have strict regulations and require permitting for anything outside the list of accepted materials. So we left it as is.

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