I need ideas

I need ideas

I'm trying to plant foods and herbs and plenty of them this year (and you know, each year thereafter) in order to reduce the cost of groceries not just during the growing season, but year round. I have a couple of raised beds in my back yard (and a couple of little annual and perennial beds) and I am in the process of creating a bed for herbs back there as well -- ie, I've got the newspaper down. Trouble is, my FRONT yard has a southern exposure. I have a foundation bed as well as a little round bed, which I plant in annuals. I run 4 rectangluar terra cotta boxes up my front steps and there's a little raised bed between the house and the driveway. I'll have 2 hanging baskets flanking the garage. Here's the rub: I live in a 'burbclave - it's not gated, but there's no through traffic and the area consists of 2 figure 8's - where all the houses are either split level or raised ranch cookie cutter houses (which sounds a lot more charming than it is). Moving is out of the question. Last year my neighbor took out 3 huge pines, so there's no real delineation between our 2 properties. There are no front yard fences in the neighborhood (there may be a restrictive covenant against them). I can't just plow up the front yard and put in crops, but I'd be willing to add a bed that looked like it was meant to be ornamental. I'd LIKE to make a planting around my mailbox. I'd like to tuck food plants in the existing beds, but it can't look "weird" because, well, it's just that kind of neighborhood. I know this was probably too long, but if anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear them. What do you do when your hamstringed by your neighbors? cross posted like mad
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