Growing Food in Parking Strips

Making the Most of the Green Space in Front of You!

Have you ever wondered about the rules for growing an edible garden in your parking / planting strip?  Here’s a great place to start looking for answers to your questions.

Seattle’s rules for gardening in the planting strip next to streets are described in the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Gardening in Planting Strips.  For additional questions, to request printed materials, or to learn more about this subject please call the City of Seattle Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224 or email

If you’re looking for some ideas on what to put in your parking strip, check out “How to Farm Your Parking Strip“.

Note: in Seattle it’s a “parking strip” or “planting strip”, but elsewhere it’s known by many other names, among them … tree lawn, terrace, curb strip, beltway, verge, boulevard.  Whatever you call it, you may want to plant it!