How to Camoflauge Your Edible Plants So Your Homeowners Association doesn't get Upset

How to Camoflauge Your Edible Plants So Your Homeowners Association doesn't get Upset

John from visits a viewers house that lives in a new development with a home owners association planet and has HOA restrictions to learn how he is growing food in his front and backyard despite the HOA rules

In this episode, John visits a viewers home in the San Diego, California area to show you how he has carefully planted decorative edible plants along with his ornamental plants in the front yard to have a productive and function front yard that can feed him and his family.

You will learn which specific edible plants he planted in the front yard and why.

Next, John will take you on a tour of the backyard where the majority of edible fruits, vegetables and herbs are growing on the property.

You will discover some of the techniques being used to grow the various fruits and vegetables as well as learn many of the different edible plants that are being grow.

You will learn how you can keep many plants alive in a pot before you buy a property that you can plant them in the soil.

You will discover some organic garden tips and tricks along the way as John tours this organically grown vegetable garden.

Finally, John interviews Z, the homeowner and asks him the following questions:
35:52 What Motivated You to do all this work?
39:44 What are some of your favorite plants you grow?
42:01 How important is the soil to your success?
43:44 What are some of the additives you like to add to your soil?
44:33 What is the biggest lesson you have learned in the garden?
48:16 Any words of wisdom you would like to share with my viewers?

After watching this episode, you will learn how you can incorporate edible plants into your landscape if you live in an area with a homeowners association. You will also discover many different techniques that you can use to have a better garden.

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  1. icouldjustscream on August 17, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    No HOA. My 110 year old grey brick house has orange, lime green, and white trim. A 600 sq ft veg garden, apple and pear trees, haskap bushes, raspberry canes, medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, and more. Each year I add more. No need to sneak around. This property is beautiful but I would not live in HOA.

  2. missanna208802 on August 17, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    I cant believe any American would SUBMIT to this. I get not allowing yards of bindweed and Tribulus terrestris or abandoned cars, because those things literally cause hardship for the neighbors and are a health risk, but this is not communist china or Nazi Germany.

  3. bridgetcatherine on August 17, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    This looks like your backyard, @CaliKim29 Garden & Home DIY

  4. Shelley MItchell on August 17, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    i love you dude but smooshing bugs isnt vegan

  5. MonCher on August 17, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I wouldn’t buy in an HOA either. It just seems so unAmerican. We’re like the frog in hot water. Each year the Man takes a little more of our freedom away and people don’t seem to notice. Now they reserve the right to tell us if we can grow food? It just seems pathetic that a person has to disguise his edible plants! This is the biggest reason my husband & I bought 16 acres in the country. Our neighbors don’t care what we grow.

  6. joseph conroy on August 17, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    must be nice to be rich and buy your way to the top enjoy looser

  7. ABC123 on August 17, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    I feel sorry for anyone dealing with HOAs. I can’t figure who would want to be on those committees. Why can’t people mind their own business and not worry about their neigbors property?

  8. D. A. on August 17, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    H.O.A homes and communities lack character.

  9. Nate on August 17, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    poor Z got busted and fined because of John!

  10. J C on August 17, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Best interview ever.

  11. Abshir on August 17, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Lol the HOA is nothing more than a mafia who uses legality to extort home owners for money and support.

  12. Authentic Gardening on August 17, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Is’n it amazing – what kind of thinking behind prohibiting food growing, and considering that it’ll lower the property values???? Kinda perverse attitude towards land and what home is supposed to be

  13. Criosphynx on August 17, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Hiding your edibles are a good idea in California even without an hoa. The population here is so dense that theft is a huge concern. Honestly I don’t plant fruit trees or well known edibles in the front because I don’t want to attract the attention of thieves or beggars. I’ve seen whole families roll up and strip a tree in minutes while the homeowner is at work. You don’t want anyone to know you have food in an urban area. So plant edible flowers or weird stuff in the front and save the veggies and fruit for the back…that is what I do.

    Take a lesson from the preppers. You don’t want anyone to know you have resources in case of a long or short term emergency or natural disaster.

  14. Scott Allen on August 17, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Step one, don’t make the un-American decision to get oneself in an HOA. End of transmission. Problem solved.

  15. Wernrg Enlight on August 17, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Hey John – thanks for the info about how to outsmart the silly HOA. – or better said how to compromise to make it a win win! Will miss y if u leave Vegas – I am moving from Seattle to Pahrrump and have gotten tons of device and knowledge from your YouTube’s! Bet Wishe

  16. batuhan yesilbursa on August 17, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    How much does a house like that cost ?

  17. Cindy S on August 17, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    After SIX YEARS OF BATTLE: As of July 2019, residents of Florida have the right to grow their own food in their front yards. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 82, brought by Republican Senator Rob Bradley, on July 1, which prohibits local governments from banning vegetable gardens on any part of a residential property. The plaintiffs had been growing a front yard garden for 17 years, but in 2013, the Miami Shores Village (not an HOA) DEMOCRATS municipal government changed its city ordinance. making it illegal.Miami Shores Code Enforcement Board ordered the couple to destroy the garden or face recurring fines of $50 per day. They had been getting 89% of their food from their garden.

  18. Millennial Woman on August 17, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    We call the cape berry plants Ground Cherries here in the NW. It looks like you had the Pineapple Ground Cherry. At Territorial Seed they are listed with the Tomatillo’s and are in the same family. They carry 2 varieties; Aunt Molly (traditional) and the Pineapple Ground Cherry. They will keep for months in their husks and continue to ripen. They are high in pectin.

  19. Margaret D on August 17, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Good advice not to buy into a HOA. However, in March 2019, the Florida legislature passed a law allowing Florida residents to grow vegetables in their front yards. However, it’s my understanding that HOAs can still prohibit vegetables gardens.

  20. Crawkid on August 17, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Hey I dropped by to check out this video while looking up something similar. I see oyu’re knowledgable and care about the environment and people getting good food and stuff…but come on man. Someone allowed you to film their place and you’re just ripping it when you really don’t even need to. I stopped at 17:33

  21. The Utopiano Utopioan on August 17, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    If you plan on growing your own food, don’t buy a home in the city limits Period! Buy a home OUTSIDE the city limits, on property zoned agricultural. Most municipalities have ordinances against growing food in residential areas, and people have been thrown in jail for breaking those ordinances! Both municipal governments and homeowners associations tend to be hostile to going against the system!

  22. Gwynn Bee on August 17, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    I live in south Florida aside from my veggies being totally devoured by the Florida critters and omg, the ants of many, many types will literally hitch hike on your cuttings right into your home I mean the bugs down here permeate EVERYTHING, the poisonous frogs will hovel down into your garden and then there are the lizards of many different varieties, haven’t seen snakes yet although I’ve heard many horror stories about them from my coworkers so I won’t be growing out in my yard, however I do have a big closed in porch that gets an abundance of sun and that’s where I’ll make an attempt to grow small amounts of tomatoes, peppers, lavender for their beauty and some herbs. But we are allowed to hire someone to put down pavers and create barbeque grill area, and plants small flowers and bigger potted plants, we have a huge pool for the condo residents, billiard room, arts and crafts room with sewing machines for people who like to make things, we have a theater hall with stage for performances, to each his own right?

  23. Stefan Bruegeman on August 17, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    HOA stink!

  24. Heidi's Garden on August 17, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    That’s beautiful!!! I don’t live in a HOA, but my husband is highly worried about "what the neighbors will think", so I’m trying to do something like this. Of course, my place pales in comparison. I’m so jealous!! I have a ton of work to do still. This is my ultimate goal!

  25. Jeanette Requintin on August 17, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    I never knew tomatillo was edible until I moved to north america. They were just growing everywhere in my village and nobody was eating them, and this includes those teeny weeny cherry tomatoes. I now know they are expensive

  26. Misa Misa on August 17, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Unfortunately these developers are taking over banks not allowing your own home construction.
    Slowly a type of communities close to communism

  27. Falloutbuilder on August 17, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Awesome home garden! That’s some very creative and efficient terracing! Not to mention, admirable stonework and fine taste in landscape architecture.Thanks for the great show John

  28. 201texmex on August 17, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Hey John would you like to visit my garden? It’s in Lucas, TX— 30 miles NE of Dallas. I would love to have your expert opinions and suggestions. I am a new gardener, this is my 2nd year gardening. I am seriously inviting you. Thank you

  29. Julie from Georgia on August 17, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    John, I have watched many of your episodes. This to me is one of your best. Zee is has a great philosophy. Very inspirational. I will be weaving in edibles into my front yard despite my HOA

  30. Alex on August 17, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Disgusting destroying nature reserves but there we go

  31. K K on August 17, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    For those of us that bought(years ago) before we thought,thank you for the tips John! My HOA is going to to be mad when my cover crop comes up where the grass wasn’t growing.:)

  32. Stacy Sunshine on August 17, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    There is ONE HOA that I would buy into in Davis, CA.  It’s based on Permaculture and was built in the 70s.  The homes sell for around $100,000 more than homes across the street in the otherwise identical HOA subdivision.    Search Village Homes, Davis CA and check it out!   There’s a ton of info on it out there.

  33. Stacy Sunshine on August 17, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Keep it up, Z!  Your yard is going to be amazing in a few years!

  34. l w on August 17, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Hide our food? How did this nonsense occur?

  35. B McDonald on August 17, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    This was great. Thank you.

  36. J C on August 17, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Are you a vegan if you eat the aphids?

  37. Charles Davis on August 17, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    The neighborhood is the last place I’d like living in, far too close to each other’s houses-homes!!!

  38. TD M on August 17, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Please go back and show us what Z’s place looks like in 5 and/or 10 years, John!

  39. Melba Rich on August 17, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    One year I had some collard greens that were left over from my winter garden and they started to go to seed, and I was so busy with the rest of my garden that when I noticed there was Athens on them I didn’t get a chance to do anything about it. Time went by and pretty soon I noticed that there was tons of ladybugs killing the aphids. Sometimes maybe we just want to leave some plants with aphids on them because they will naturally attract the ladybugs.

  40. TruckerEnoch 88 on August 17, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Sorry, but people who live in h.o.a. neighborhoods deserve every bit of hassle they get. If it’s just a h.o.a. for street maintenance or trash pick up, that’s fine, but what’s the point in living in the U.S. if you can’t even have a garden, or a couple chickens in the back yard, or your flags can’t be over certain height. F*ck you!!!
    Besides, the neighborhoods that usually have them also have tiny postage stamp lots, so their houses look bigger. Give me 1,500 square feet on 40+ acres, with *no one* telling me what I can and can’t plant in my garden.

  41. Mardi Razzberry on August 17, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    I love watching your videos your like an encyclopedia of gardening.

  42. Skating Canuck on August 17, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    This guy is sneaky, passionate, and resourceful!

  43. Kitties & Doxies on August 17, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Why would an edible plants be a sore eyes to your house. Its beautiful

  44. Desert Mermaid on August 17, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I am lucky, my HOA seems lax about food growing. I had 3 Sisters in front last year n it looked great. Santa Fe is ok w any grey water use, too.

  45. altha2008 on August 17, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I do not live in a HOA. I made two 4 x 20 foot garden beds in my front yard. Right on the inside of my property line.. The neighbors reported me to code enforcement. They came out and look.. There was no restrictions where I lived at in the county. The lady code enforcement said they look nice can I make her one. I’m disable income is limited so I told her that I would make them for what it will take for me to make one. So the last 3 garden beds got all the parts for free just costed me labor. Made her 2 and her mother 1.

  46. DIYWithDara on August 17, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    kinda looks like the eastlake or nicer chula vista area. Thats sad about hoa but just grow shit in your back yard where no one can see it.
    We inherited a nice home like these ones and unfortunately it comes with an HOA. I agree it is both good and bad. This neighborhood has not changed at ALL since the early 90’s when it was built, with only small improvements here and there. Can you imagine that? its like some creepy step ford area.

    I honestly would NOT grow edible food in the ground in an area like this because alot of times its dirt is like unhealthy construction/rocky/clay that really cant support a whole lot. In the 4min. area of the video, im noticing wood chip style mulch.
    It thats something thats ok to use beings as it attracts termites? at least in the SD area?

    Ive been debating over mulches because of this. Having it close to your house ive been told it can generate termites and encourage their growth. Not good if your a home owner.
    I shop at home depot for pretty much all my soil needs but what brands would you suggest for growing veggies?