All right! this is john kohler with growingyourgreens . today, we have another exciting episode for you and yet on another field trip actually. This one is going to be really cool, here in South Florida. Today, Im going to share with you guys how to grow food undercover. Theres many places. Theres actually a place, I think, Miami Shores, that recently passed a law for the city that you cant grow an edible vegetable garden in your front yard. Actually, what happened was a family who has grown a garden, a front yard garden.
For the last 17 years got a notice just in march that a new law had passed that bans growing food in your front yard, or, more specifically, vegetables, although they could grow fruits like strawberries and maybe fruit trees and other things. So what were going to do in this episode is kind of say hand gesture to the city and show you guys how you can grow some edible things in your front yard, but not have it be a vegetable garden, and, actually, even better than a vegetable garden. This is almost like a medicinal garden.
So youre going to have to stay tuned for what specific crop that this family is growing a lot of. The first thing is that we are here in suburbia. As you guys can see, everybody has their front yard lawn. Once again, Im going to say that I believe lawns are a waste of resources. They take a lot of water, a lot of pesticides, and a lot of, you know, herbicides and fertilizers and whatnot, and a very small percentage of standard fertilizers that people use on.
Their lawns are actually giving nutrients to the lawn. most of it is being run off into the sewer systems, the storm drain, all of this kind of stuff. In addition, most people just have a lawn because their neighbor has a lawn, and, you know, how many kids do you see playing on lawns? Like, zero. Maybe if you had kids it would be a good use to have a lawn. But Im all about practicality and making the best use of your space. We all need to eat, so I think the best use of your space is to grow some food, and thats why.
I travel all around to share with you guys ways different people grow food differently. So Im glad to share with you guys this one today. So next, lets go ahead and pan the camera around and show you guys why Im here today. All right. As you guys can see, over on this side of the street right here, there is a house. It looks like the house is almost like a standard house. Half of the yard has a lawn, and they have actually a fig tree and a pomegranate tree. I always recommend and encourage you.
Guys to grow fruit trees if youre still going to have a lawn because you could grow some trees above the lawn, nobody is going to know, and its going to produce food for you and your family. Especially here in south Florida, I recommend you guys grow tropical fruits, definitely some of my favorites. In addition, besides just the lawn and some fruit trees, they have an aquaponic set up in the back, as well as some other things growing in the back yard, more fruit trees actually. Actually, they have a nice sapodilla tree.
Or chicozapote tree, one of my favorite fruits called the brown sugar fruit. its loaded with fruit, but its not going to be ripe for, I dont know, til next year. In addition, they got a really cool moringa tree. I know that a lot of you guys know about moringa already, and most people know about the standard moringa oleifera but this is a different variety of moringa, and its my favorite one that Ive ever found so far. So were going to look at that as well. Then down below their fruit trees, youll see like its literally.
An aloe garden. yes, aloe is a succulent, but its an edible succulent, and this is a very special aloe, so be sure to stay tuned for the segment at the end of this clip where we talk about the aloe. This family really loves their aloe. Its apparent that pretty much threequarters of their yard is taken up in aloe, and they have aloe baby pups growing at every corner. So first lets go ahead and head to the back yard and share with you guys actually whats growing back there.