Those are not mysterious, alien crop circles you're seeing on our front lawn. They're my attempt at laying out plans for our new edible front yard. The sticks represent apples, cherries and haskaps (honeyberries). The circles represent the areas around the trees that will be home to various other edibles like herbs, edible flowers and vegetables.
I have been trying to figure out how to transform our backyard with fruit for years, but between the patio, the kids' play structure and the need to be able to spread out a picnic blanket now and then, there's not much room. And the thought of using the front yard never really dawned on me - it's just not done! And then, there's the fact that it's a north facing yard with some big elms close by. But lately, due to some unfortunate tree mishaps (no, I didn't sabotage them), there is more and more light out front. So, I figured this is the year to transform our empty, front lawn into an edible paradise. Ok, paradise may be overstating it a bit, but you know what I mean.
It's been a challenging and interesting process - like solving a puzzle. I've been pouring over catalogs and websites to plan what to grow and how to arrange it all so that the space also looks attractive. I've enjoyed drawing numerous plans on graph paper and have finally got something to go from.
The circles represent what I laid out on the front lawn, the other shapes are other herb/veggie plots I was thinking of adding as well. The space around the plots would be covered in natural tree mulch, leaving just a bit of grass on the one side. The other side of the front walkway is too shady for fruits and veggies - but some day I'll work on that side.
Now that I can compare my winter drawings to my actual front yard, I see some changes that I have to make.
Back to the drawing board.