Don't despair. It is possible (although not always easy) to grow food plants under less than ideal conditions.
I do not have deer problems at my house, but have tremendous problems with groundhogs. So everything listed here is groundhog-resistant but I can't vouch for their ability to withstand foraging deer.
One solution is container gardening, which I will blog about another time.
Another solution is ideal if you have ground but just not enough. Why not grow ornamental but edible plants in your front yard? (Note, the zoning in some communities may make this difficult - if none of your neighbors are doing this, there may be a reason - check into it.)
Why have only a lawn? Unless you are unlucky enough to have neighbors who object to this, you may be able to sneak some ornamental, edible plants into a flower bed.
|Scarlet Runner Beans July 2013|
I've entertained you with pictures of my yard this week, so wanted to share this picture from last year with you. Every year I do something a little different.
In the front of the photo, I had pepper plants on the left side, orange gem marigolds (edible flowers) on the right side. Groundhogs do not disturb these.
Behind them - garlic chives (beginning to bloom with white flowers), perilla .
As with flowers, you would prepare your soil with compost and make sure you keep plants watered. Pick your veggies frequently for best results.
Here's a closeup of one of the peppers I grew last year in my front yard, called Bishop's Hat. They were quite hot. This year, I am growing several "fool me" jalapenos in my front yard.
Moving along to another pot-
Perpetuo basil plant - and yes, it is a very good culinary variety. I am growing this again this year.
You will note no brassicas, and no lettuce. Groundhogs, alas, are too fond of these food plants. If you can grow them, though. lettuces are quite ornamental, coming in various leaf shapes and colors.
described by a fellow blogger and I got a good harvest. This year, I am growing ginger by itself - not all the rhizomes germinated but the plants, right now, are several feet high.
Have you ever tried sneaking ornamental food plants into your flower beds?