No Veggie Garden For You!

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More creeping Big Brother Statism….

The following is from “Does Michelle Obama Know About This?,” The Agitator, July 7, 2011.

The Bass family lives in Oak Park, Michigan — an inner suburb of Detroit, population 29,319.

Their front yard was torn up after replacing a sewer line, so instead of replacing the dirt with grass, the family put in a vegetable garden — of fresh basil, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, cumbers, in five large planter boxes.

Julie Bass says, “We thought we’re minding our own business, doing something not ostentatious and certainly not obnoxious or nothing that is a blight on the neighborhood, so we didn’t think people would care very much.”

But some cared very much and called the city. The city then sent out code enforcement.

“They warned us at first that we had to move the vegetables from the front, that no vegetables were allowed in the front yard. We didn’t move them because we didn’t think we were doing anything wrong, even according to city code we didn’t think we were doing anything wrong. So they ticketed us and charged me with a misdemeanor,” Bass said.

City code says that all unpaved portions of the site shall be planted with grass or ground cover or shrubbery or other suitable live plant material. But tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are what the Basses see as suitable.

However, Oak Park’s Planning and Technology Director Kevin Rulkowski says the city disagrees. He says, “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.”

A local news report asked Rulkowski why it’s not suitable.

“If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers,” he said.

In her blog, Julie Bass says she’s demanding her right to a jury trial. So the city plans to throw the book at her:

Our attorney spoke to the prosecutor today…. His position: they are going to take this all the way. Officially, this means i am facing 93 days in jail if they win. no joke.

No joke, indeed. Welcome to the Tyrannical States of Amerika!


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14 responses to “No Veggie Garden For You!

  1. But, but, Michelle wants us to have our gardens!

    I hope it does goes to jury trial. Unfreakin believable…

  2. I really don’t even recognize this country anymore.


  3. I AM AT A TOTAL LOSS!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Julie Bass should try to get friends and neighbors who support her to plant gardens in their front yards, thus making vegetable gardens more sitable.

  5. Thomas Morato

    City codes are for the good of the masses. If rules weren’t meant to be followed, then why have them at all. The proper action would have been to petition the city for a waiver and let the sticks fall where they may.

    I’m with the nutcase neighbors that reported this to the city… perhaps these folks did a nice clean job, but allowing this type of “gardening” in the front yard, how would you like to see rows of corn popping up next door?

    If you want to grow vegetables, keep it in the back yard… else sell your house, move to the country and call yourself a farmer.

  6. lowtechgrannie

    A well-kept garden is not an eyesore. I think the “green movement” may save her bacon on this. She can claim to be a Locovore. That’s a mantra these days.

  7. Rulkowski is scum, plain and simple. A grubby little inadequate man who gets his jollies by controlling others.
    He must be shunned. This should be an organised shunning; do not speak to him, acknowledge his presence or serve him if he comes into your store. A simple ‘Not Welcome’ or ‘Banned’ sign in the window will suffice.
    Just take a look at him; interesting how much he resembles Himmler. Would you let this man babysit your children?
    If he comes into a room you turn your back on him or leave.
    America, you are heading towards Soylent Green territory with your raw milk arrests and the government in the pocket of Monsantos; the only things allowed to grow will be on off-limits Government Run Farms. Being State-run they will be extremely inefficient and the rest of us will be eating Soylent Green unless we are Party Members.
    The Scum in governments the world over watch these science fiction dystopias portrayed in movies and they don’t recoil in horror; they jump up and down and yell “That’s IT! THAT’S what we need! THAT’s the IDEAL! THAT’s what we must strive for.”
    Shun the Scum.

  8. lowtechgrannie

    I don’t see the word “common” here anywhere.
    Per the “Thesaurus” on

    Main Entry: suitable
    Part of Speech: adjective
    Definition: appropriate, acceptable
    Synonyms: advisable, applicable, apposite, apt, becoming, befitting, commodious, condign, convenient, copacetic, correct, cut out for, deserved, due, expedient, felicitous, fit, fitting, good, good enough, handy, happy, in character, in keeping, just, kosher*, legit, meet, merited, nice, okay*, opportune, peachy, pertinent, politic, presentable, proper, reasonable, relevant, requisite, right, righteous, rightful, satisfactory, seemly, sufficient, suited, swell, up to snuff, useful, user friendly

    Antonyms: improper, inappropriate, irrelevant, unacceptable, unfitting, unsuitable

  9. the city wants bushes, plant bushes where the yard/garden cannot be seen. Is there a law that says they have to be trimmed? Put a fence up and plant some type of leafy vine. The city wants nature, give it to them.

  10. ………………………You are here Front Yard Gardens No Way if the city has its say!……………. …Posted by on January 15 2007 ………I was recently forwarded this letter regarding Front Yard Gardens and the fact that the city council is moving forward on their reworking of the current code.

  11. When did tomatoes stop being common? Were they put on the endangered species list? :-/

  12. I don’t see what is wrong with common tomato shrubs, ordinary pepper hedges, a line of cornrow hedging, bean fences, garden patches edged with lettuce, the lovely flowers produced by the vegetable plants and the beautiful fruiting bushes which become tomatoes. It might be the raised box edges that are the objection, as such are not so common in front yards, nor are they that common in back yards because most people don’t know about raised box cultivation.

  13. no vegetable garden for you and soon at schools across amerika
    no vegetable left behind… a nation of vegetables yearning to be told
    what to think. they should be growing poppy plants and marijuana those are the prescribed obama plants

  14. What?! I don’t know what dictionary this guy is using, but suitable does not mean “common”! It never has! “According to Webster’s dictionary” indeed. I just looked the word up in four separate dictionaries, both online and physical form, at least one of which being a Webster dictionary, and nowhere does it say “common”.
    Suitable: “Having sufficient or the required properties for a certain purpose or task; appropriate to a certain occasion.”
    As an English major, I am deeply offended by this attempt to incorrectly use/twist words to persecute someone who just wants to grow something useful as well as pretty. Outrageous.


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