Garden smackdown

A public-garden tiff

July 20, 2011

In case you missed it, the latest spat in the vegetable-gardening world took place recently in Oak Park, Michigan, where the city threatened to sue a family for filling the front yard with vegetables.

As the family in question noted in the blogosphere, the front-yard veggie patch — a very tidy, organized patch, to be sure — came about as the result of the family having to rip up the front yard to replace the broken sewer line destroyed by the tree planted by the city in front of the house years ago . . . you get the picture.

Of course, after the brouhaha went viral, the city dropped the charges against the family — only to renew them for the family not being speedy enough on getting their dogs licensed. Who knew that both veggies and dog tags could get you three months in jail?

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1. by Amanda on Jul 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM PDT

I heard somewhere that ornamental plants in front of the house used to be a sign of wealth. If you were poor, you had a garden. In California, I’ve seen houses with gorgeous rosemary out front. It’s ornamental and useful, too. While not a vegetable, it certainly has its uses. I’ve also suggested that people do the same with chives or green onions outlining a flower bed instead of, say, monkey grass.

2. by Patricia on Jul 20, 2011 at 8:05 PM PDT

Not just rosemary, Amanda. There are a lot of “decorative” artichoke plants in the lansdscapes of California. Lately I have seen Cardoon, but must say those are usually just for the flowers. Here in Santa Rosa there are a lot of front yard gardens and they are not a new thing.

3. by Amanda on Jul 21, 2011 at 4:48 AM PDT

We’re in Florida. I know that the rules are often strict around Orlando. So, I knew nothing about the artichoke plants. Thanks for sharing. Gardening (even in small spaces like ours) is becoming a real interest of mine.

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