The gardening blogosphere is up in arms over this story.
“They warned us at first that we had to move the vegetables from the front, that no vegetables were allowed in the front yard.". .
Whether these gardeners in Oak Park, Michigan face 93 days of jail time depends on the interpretation of "suitable landscaping", which is required by law. The city official in charge is saying, “If you look at the dictionary, suitable means common. You can look all throughout the city and you’ll never find another vegetable garden that consumes the entire front yard… What's common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers.”
As bad as that sounds – defining "suitable" narrowly AND so that there can never be change – the problem started with the writing of such a vague law. Which is now outdated altogether.
The homeowners are vowing to fight this, so stay tuned.
In a related story about front-yard criminality, xeriscaping in California is also a no-no. Seriously?