Nanny State of the Week: Florida couple still fighting for their vegetable garden

The People's Garden at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington D.C., on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Volunteer executive master gardeners pitch in several times a week, at various times of the day (before or after work hours, or during lunchtime) to weed, mulch, plant, water and what ever it takes to grow a wide variety of produce. Although a few are ornamental, most are destined for charity kitchens. Located on the corner of Jefferson Dr. SW and 12th St. SW, people often stop to ask questions about the garden. Part of the volunteersÕ training is to be a spokes person for the People's Garden Initiative, an effort by the USDA that challenges its employees to establish People's Gardens at USDA facilities worldwide or help communities create gardens. People's Gardens vary in size and type, but all have a common purpose - to help the community they're within and the environment. USDA photo by Lance Cheung

Gardens are awesome. (At least I think so.) Growing one’s own food can be very rewarding. I would be very pleased if my neighbor decided to pull up the sod and plant carrots and corn. Gardens are pretty. But some people don’t seem to think so. Unfortunately sometimes these people sit on the town council and have nothing better to do than mess with people’s property.


Carroll and Ricketts aren’t hosting rock concerts on their front lawn, and they’re not drilling for oil.

Miami Shores’ zoning ordinance requires front lawns be covered with grass, sod or “living ground cover.”  In other words, the front yard of a house may not be covered with dirt, sand or stones (as is common in beachfront communities) – it has to be green and living.

Two attributes, by the way, that perfectly describe vegetable gardens.

But officials from Miami Shores disagree.  Growing a vegetable garden is just fine, as long as they remain out of sight in the backyard, said Richard Sarafan, an attorney for the town, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

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