Garden of Ingrid Fromm and Sean Nuwer
6601 Keystone Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
Sean Nuwer and Ingrid Fromm moved into this home in North Raleigh in April 2015 with the goal of making it a little homestead being as self-sufficient as possible. The front yard was the optimal space for a garden and they worked to get raised beds in as soon as they could.
They continually add to the garden, which is a mix of herbs, vegetables, and flowering perennials and annuals (for color and as pollinators.) The biggest challenge was the slight hill of the property. They had beds built into the hills and were even able to have a retaining wall built on the side yard to maximize the flat area they have to eventually house a greenhouse. The hill also proves to be an asset because Sean and Ingrid have a total of 10 rain barrels (8 in front and 2 in the backyard), so they attach hoses and let gravity work for them when watering the plants. All the beds are cedar and they only use natural pest repellents, such as neem oil. They also have 20 solar panels on the home.
They are enjoying building up the garden and watch it evolve from a shady, grassy yard to their small, suburban homestead. As self-proclaimed ‘front yardeners,’ Sean and Ingrid love the reaction of neighbors and strangers and freely share plants, seeds, herbs, and produce with them. They are constantly working to make the garden interesting and beautiful to encourage people to stop, look, and ask questions. “We want people to see the value and beauty in growing food and flowers in their front yard, instead of lawns,” the couple said. One thing is for sure, they may only have been in their home a little more than a year, but everyone on the block knows them now.