Happy first day of spring! It’s been a long, cold, dark winter, and I haven’t been blogging much. There were other projects that needed attention, and politicians to call about defending democracy, and… well, posting photographs of avocado toast and kale seedlings just felt a little frivolous.
But last week it was sunny, so I pulled some weeds and planted some vegetable seedlings. And because my garden is in the front yard, people stopped to say hi and ask what I was planting. Neighbors I hadn’t seen in a while, and newcomers to the neighborhood, and folks just passing by. We talked about tomatoes and deer and what people grew where they lived before.
It was nice.
So this spring, while civilization eats itself, I’d like to encourage you to plant a little edible garden in your front yard. A back yard garden gives you food, but a front yard garden gives you community, and we all need more of that right now.
It doesn’t have to be big or fancy — with two boards and a dozen screws, you can make a tidy 3′ x 5′ raised bed. That’s big enough to put some food on your table, share extra zucchini with neighbors, and let curious children pick a carrot or strawberry.
Got questions about my garden or how to make your own? Ask in the comments, and I’ll do my best to give you answers.