I grow Tumbler tomatoes, peppers and courgettes in my front garden,
right by the front door, in pots. I've also got three large containers
of mixed salad out there. They're actually really pretty, and with a
few pots of flowers mixed among them, the look great. Squash (including
courgettes) have lovely flowers, and a friend of my mother's actually
trains squash around her front door. They look absolutely beautiful
when they fruit, too.
Failing that, what about a herb bed or a pretty container full of them?
A lot of thymes are really decorative, chives have lovely flowers, sage
is pretty...to stop the mint and parsley getting out of control, I grow
my herbs in a large butler sink (with some gravel in the bottom the
plug hole is perfectly adequate drainage) I rescued from a skip.
I suppose that it depends upon how obnoxious your HOA contract
is, and how desperately your neighbours are clutching their
interpersonal dominance-games (and their sphincters.)
Have you reviewed your HOA contract which decrees the acceptable
colour/brand of toilet paper... Uh, wait, I mean... which states
the acceptable street-appearance of "your" front lawn?
Or maybe it is really THEIR lawn, since they control it?
Anyway, I suspect that strawberries, courgettes/zucchinis, and
herbs might be OK.
Personally, I cannot imagine hassling a neighbour for visible
But, in your shoes, I would look carefully at the contract. I
mean, who knows? They might be control-freaks who will fine you
for anything except grass. Which you will keep to a specified
A real risk: Some dork neighbour blows all of their money on a
house they can't afford, plus cigarettes, junk-food, etc. And
then bitterly resents you for showing evidence of a proper diet,
etc. NOT a fun prospect, especially since those types generally
don't have any productive pursuits to distract them from
resenting/bullying you. And maybe being on the HOA board, as a
busy-body who will assert his/her authoriTAH.
A really, really BAD IDEA is to directly tell that person that
you *don't* wanna be their personal fffwwwwwiiiiieeeennnnnddd.
I suggest you try lettuce. I did my first lettuce this spring, and
are beautiful.. AND, when the lettuce bolts ( starts growing staight up
and flowers) they look like ornamental plants --- little green
trees about 3 feet high....
I would advise against pumpkins........
Andy in Eureka, Texas
I'd add peppers (bell and hot) to the list. And if the HOA says something,
you can always say 'Well, they were *supposed* to be the ornamental
christmas light type peppers. I guess someone at the big box store swapped
tags on me, I'll have to give them a piece of my mind, thank you"
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