Trendspotting: Edible Front Yards

Swiss chard is a great edible ornamental for the front yard.

By Teresa Woodard

Turf wars are nothing new for Tamar Rudavsky and her husband, Richard Brody. For 25 years at their former Worthington home, these Boston transplants battled over grassy lawn space for their kids versus a lush vegetable garden.

Rudavsky, a philosophy professor at Ohio State University, gradually gained ground on the debate as their children grew up. Her gracious husband, a protein biochemist, gave up more of the lawn. But in 2006, when the couple became empty nesters and as they were purchasing a smaller home in Clintonville, Rudavsky negotiated a front yard vegetable garden because the backyard was too shady.

“Within two weeks of moving in, I dug up the front lawn and planted my first fall crops,” she recalls.

Rudavsky may have been a front yard gardening pioneer six years ago, but today she finds herself in the midst of a revolution. Her sentiments are strong. “I think lawns are ridiculous,” she says. “You have to tend to them, water them and fertilize them, so I’m not convinced that this is how people should use this space.”  To read more, see the complete story at Columbus Monthly.

One response to “Trendspotting: Edible Front Yards

  1. Tamar Rudavsky sent a link to another interesting link on an edible front yard that was facing potential fines for violating a neighborhood’s code. They’ve even started a petition to change the law. See

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