Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hidden Dunbar Street Gardens

There is more traffic on Dunbar Street each year, so residents often use tall hedges and fences to muffle the noise. Brazenly peeking over fences or around hedges, I discovered three more front-yard gardens. This photo was taken in late August and shows a corner lot surrounded by a lovely brick and metal fence/wall with a small border vegetable garden. Near the car's red tail light, a bright red tomato can be seen (especially if you click on the photo to enlarge it), and a cucumber and a squash plant also soak up the heat from the bricks, which are exposed to the sun much of the day.

The following two photos are of one garden, the first photo taken in August, the second in February. The winter shot allows us to see the structure of the beds. The ones in foreground made with landscape logs are carefully constructed to provide a level planting area. The ones in the background are unusually high raised beds, perhaps to catch a bit of extra sun. All in all, an intensive use of a small area.

This third discovery is also a corner garden, bordered on Dunbar Street by the tall hedge in the right of the photo. It was only possible to view this garden from the side street. This larger lot allows 4 large raised beds, hard to see on the photo because I could not obtain a view from higher up. How many more vegetable gardens are there in front yards on Dunbar Street but impossible to see because of the hedges?


Catherine said...

Hi! I live in Vancouver and grow vegetables and enjoy your blog. I wanted to tell you about a new, somewhat hidden gem on the east side of Dunbar street at the corner of 44th Ave and Dunbar. The whole front yard is vegetables. They kept it going through the winter too. Thanks for the blog.

Janice Kreider said...

Catherine, Many thanks for that tip--I am going to check it out. Driving on that street many times I've never seen it!