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Feb 12, 2015

Front Yard Food Production & Re-Sale Value, What Month Is This? Thrifting


Front Yard Food Production & Re-Sale Value-
When you own your own house, in an urban setting, re-sale value is always in the back of your mind. Unless you plan to live there forever, it's a concern. All of the improvements we've done so far (except the coop/back veggie garden) improves the value of our home- bathroom remodel, new windows, doors, furnace/AC, deck, appliances, etc. We know if we ever sell we'll hopefully attract some who wants a similar lifestyle. If not, they can plant sod and tear down the coop. That's the reality of it. Last summer I saw a gorgeous front yard that had incorporated raised beds, and they camouflaged them with gorgeous shrubs and trellises. No one wants to look at a dead/empty yard in the winter. With strategic placement of evergreen shrubs, and fencing, Dave and I think we'll do it. We already added a replacement picket fence on the front side yard, as the old fencing (front and back) was 25 years old and shot when we bought the house. We'll use primarily recycled lumber and start beds this spring. A nice mix of veggies, and flowers. I prefer perennials, no seeds and they always come back. You can also divide them and share with friends! Here's a peek at our front yard, with lots of potentials space for raised (or not) beds, trellises, etc. We're thinking of adding more cedar picket fencing along the front, the same design as the side. I'd like some winter interest when the beds are empty, so maybe a fence inside the existing flower beds on the front, with more shrubs added behind it? We would leave some turf as some green space and just mow the in between areas...

Lots of space


Here's a few ideas I like that could work with some modifications- Burpee.com- Vegetables Front Yard -

                                              From- Viralnova.com- Lawn Garden  "After photo"

Great transformation here too, with slide show on link of before and after From Grass To Garden

WOW!!! Too much for me personally, since we may sell some day. Do you live in an urban area and do front yard food production?



What Month Is This?
It was 60 this weekend, so I let the girls out :)


They found lots of bugs!

Anya crying to get out. Sorry house kitty!



Thrifting-
I really scored this weekend at Goodwill! I bought the cutest wood birdhouse (above) for $3.99! The door is even hinged and opens!


I love the roof detail! Glass beads...


I also found a perfect Sakura Debbie Mumm teapot, $5.00. Her ceramic home items are pretty expensive in stores. This will replace my very old blue one, maybe off to one of my girls! Her website has some really cute desktop wallpapers here Debbiemumm.com  I LOVE this one-

"Winter Garden"

I also scored a real birch bark log for a Yule log! I've been looking forever!!! I will remove all the cheap plastic stuff next winter and add some nicer greenery. $1.99! It even has legs!


I also scored 2 really nice, like-new blouses on eBay, 1 LL Bean, 1 Columbia Sportswear...

7 comments:

Kristina said...

Those are some nice finds.

Susan said...

Very cute bird house! And what a deal!!! I love the idea of turning your front yard into food-bearing space. There have been some really attractive designs for urban food-growing. Living in such a rural area, as I do, it's not such an issue for me. I cannot believe how temperate your winter has been - ours is the WORST!

Nancy po said...

Thanks. I know our weather has been BIZARRE! Lawn never froze, went dormant and brown. I'm not liking this, could kill the yard if it gets really cold again! :(

Mindie Dittemore said...

The look on that cats face! "Oh come one, just 4 minutes, pleeeeaassee!" LOL Thanks for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop. I can't wait to see what you share next next time!

Nancy po said...

Yes, I do actually take her out once in a while and carry her. She doesn't care for that much!

Angi Schneider said...

I've seen people grow veggies and herbs in their front yard, I think it's great. I love the thrift store finds. My 14 yr old daughter and I go quite often, last time my 5yr old and my daughter in law went with us, it was so much fun.

Nancy po said...

Thanks! It's good to start them young thrifting too....

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