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Post  PeggyC on 2/25/2012, 3:18 pm

Hi, I just moved down here from Nebraska and am not sure I'll have time to get a garden setup before fall. I'm not even sure my backyard has any full sun areas. I'm in the Keller/Fort Worth, TX area. My front yard is steeply sloped and we're in an HOA with lots of rules but I'm considering carrots and not sure what else in one little area out there that's already dug up and missing grass from where a tree used to be.

What veggies do you think would be pretty enough to grow sneakily in a front yard with an HOA full of rules. Obviously tomato cages aren't going to be a winner. Herbs maybe? Some Lettuces? Thanks for your input.
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Post  walshevak on 2/25/2012, 4:56 pm

red and green kale paired with pansies, asparagus that can be cut in the spring and then allowed to go ferny(dedicated spot. this is a perennial) red and green lettuces, eggplants looks like hibiscus flowers. ruby red chard paired with snapdragons. take a look at what this nursery did for fall landscaping.

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t9418-what-i-saw-at-the-garden-center-yesterday

hanging baskets of ruffely lettuce, trailing peas, and maybe an upright rosemary herb.

The key will be to plant vegetables that look like ornamentals not food.

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Post  plantoid on 2/25/2012, 7:19 pm

PeggyC wrote:Hi, I just moved down here from Nebraska and am not sure I'll have time to get a garden setup before fall. I'm not even sure my backyard has any full sun areas. I'm in the Keller/Fort Worth, TX area. My front yard is steeply sloped and we're in an HOA with lots of rules but I'm considering carrots and not sure what else in one little area out there that's already dug up and missing grass from where a tree used to be.

What veggies do you think would be pretty enough to grow sneakily in a front yard with an HOA full of rules. Obviously tomato cages aren't going to be a winner. Herbs maybe? Some Lettuces? Thanks for your input.



Not sure if these are available in the USA .. we can get ornamental crinkled leaf cabbages with varigated leaves in red and green cabbage colours , they come in several shades , the other colour is usually a white .

These cabbages are failry compact and grow to about 9 inches across as an open rose sort of shape rather than a pointy or big ball cabbage they are also eidible .

Florence ( bulb ) fennel is also another decorative plant with big anaise smelling frothy fronds that can reach about four feet tall its also edible in salads and with poached fish .
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Post  tomperrin on 2/25/2012, 8:02 pm

PeggyC wrote:....we're in an HOA with lots of rules ....What veggies do you think would be pretty enough to grow sneakily in a front yard with an HOA full of rules. .

We escaped from a HOA three years ago after 17 years of restriction by the insane. I have a cousin in a housing association in GA where they are forbidden to have a vegetable garden. Makes me just a little bit more crazy than I already am just to think about it.

Anyway, I would think any root veggie might escape the notice of the local Stasi. Herbs of course, and all the suggestions previously made. I would use the borders by the house and anywhere you have southern exposure. I would also avoid the use of order, as in rows. Go for random arrangement. Sunflowers provide edible seeds if those are allowed. If you can put in a decorative trellis, it can be used for grapes, melons, cukes, etc. I would also peruse all the seed catalogs for ideas.
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