From Back to Front: Urban Gardening Ideas from Leeds

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By Dave Coulter

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Work has taken me on a couple occasions to the UK, and ever since I have tried to keep an eye on "green ideas" from across the pond. It's a pastime I would recommend to anyone who is interested in nature and gardening.

In that spirit I would like to share this recent article from Resurgence magazine about the idea of planting food in front gardens - a concept that certainly hasn't taken root Stateside!  Back to Front was developed in Leeds to show that gardening in densely populated areas can be a successful venture.

I think that many of these ideas from Leeds can be transplanted to our own gardens - where space is also at a premium. I like this quote from the Resurgence article:   “I long to eradicate derelict front gardens and the notion that you can’t grow vegetables in the front garden…I long to see a city where neighbors’ get together to grow food and exchange produce. I think it will bring people together and make them more self-reliant – that has to be a good thing”.  


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Posted: March 23rd, 2011 10:14 AM

An herb garden could be pretty easy in a small space!

Katrina Laflin  

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 8:36 AM

I absolutely love having all of my herbs in my front yard planting beds near the front door. They are easily accessible while cooking and greet guests with enjoyable frangrance. Such a great idea!

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