Vegetables are an eye sore?
Recently a home owner in the downtown area of Sacramento was cited for
having planted her whole front yard (50’x25’) with a vegetable
garden..corn, squash, tomatoes, onions etc..
Cited as a nuisance.. and eyesore….she planted the
front yard as her back yard was shady and had a swimming pool taking up the rest
of her yard. She had 30 days to remove the garden for face fines…she
managed to get a extension on this as she went to city hall to complain and
possible lawsuit got cityhalls attention.
One answer is more community gardens.. but in this older
part of town…vacant lots do not exist for a community garden. In poorer
parts of town.. others grow veggies in their front yards…but in this
older upper class area…complaints from at least 1 neighbor has started
this process. I have viewed her yard.. and right now its fine.. very green and
flowering plants – a very nice garden… but it is different among
all the homes with lawn.
So now a meeting has been called to review the code…a
garden radio talk show host, master gardener, city councilman, local newspaper
garden writer, code enforcement officer, and myself along with the home owner
will meet to discuss possibly changing the long time city code that permits landscaping-grass
and shrubs and concrete(not to excess 50% of the front yard)
And possible rewrite the code to include water wise
gardening and vegetables..for the front yard
I am Looking for other cities that have this veggie option
in their codes… and comments on this topic from the listserve. I will
keep you posted.