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New raised beds, new herb pots, a lemon tree on the porch, and flowers tucked in everywhere else.

Design: Tiny Front Yard Farm

We specialize in small-space gardening here at Gardenerd, and our latest design project tested our strengths: transforming 213 sq. ft. of usable space into an edible garden. Spoiler alert–we did it.


The homeowners were excited to DIY their front yard as much as possible, but needed some help with design and irrigation work. They removed old pavers, then our team came in to dig out the weeds and level the space for new planter beds.

The couple installed a new fence by themselves to separate the garden from the public park next door and the bustling sidewalk. Passers-by curiously watched as we installed raised beds and decomposed granite.

Walter during
Weeds removed, ground leveled, and a seating area created on the porch.

Making use of Space

The homeowners wanted a spot for a Japanese maple, herbs, vegetables, and flowers. One of the pair works as a floral designer, and wanted to grow as many staples for floral arrangements as possible.

Walter during
They also had an existing raised bed, and hopes of a lemon tree out front. A tall order for a small space, but we made it happen.

Their existing birch trellis held sentimental value, so we incorporated it into the design as an arch over the center staircase to the front door.

The New Tiny Farm

Walter After
New raised beds, new herb pots, a lemon tree on the porch, and flowers tucked in everywhere else. They ended up not using the birch trellis for the project.
Walter After1
Mulch will help retain soil moisture and serve as a backdrop for flowering herbs and trailing pumpkins.
Walter After2
We tucked herb pots behind the Japanese maple to give them some shade in the scorching days to come. The family’s favorite bird bath serves as a focal point behind the herbs.

Now the family can sit on their front porch bench and watch their garden grow. The maple tree will give them shade in the hot summer as they take a break from harvesting veggies, flowers and herbs.

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