want to start working on my top ten list of things to ban from people’s front
yards – except I think I would have a hard time getting the list under 20.
email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Bill Maynard
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 3:24
Subject: [cg] VEGETABLES IN THE
are an eye sore?
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..
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
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.
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)
possible rewrite the code to include water wise gardening and vegetables..for
the front yard
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.