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In Florida, A Turf War Blooms Over Front-Yard Vegetable Gardening
NPR ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | Greg Allen

Posted on 12/17/2013 11:54:34 AM PST by Theoria

In tropical South Florida, it's growing season. Temperatures are in the 80s, there's lots of sun and good rain, and normally, Hermine Ricketts' plants would already be in the ground.

"By now, this should be probably Red Sails lettuce, which is a beautiful color lettuce, or purple mizuna, which is a beautiful filigreed purple leaf," she says.

But this year, Ricketts' vegetable planting has been derailed by a legal fight over what she can plant and where she can plant it.

Her garden is in the front yard of her home in Miami Shores, because that's where the sun is — her house faces south and her backyard is mostly in the shade. A retired architect, originally from Jamaica, Ricketts says she gardens for the food and for the peace it brings her.

"This is a peach tree that I put in, and around it, I had kale, and in between the kales, I had some Chinese cabbage," she says. "And I also had Swiss chard, yellow Swiss chard."

There are lots of things planted in Ricketts' front yard: a pomegranate tree, a blueberry bush, papaya, strawberries, pineapples, flowers and green plants.

But noticeably absent is anything considered by Miami Shores to be a vegetable. That's because earlier this year, after tending her garden for 17 years with nothing from the neighbors but compliments, Ricketts was ordered to dig up her veggies.

She says she was surprised several months ago when a zoning inspector stopped by.

"He told me I was not allowed to have vegetables in the front yard," she says.

Under a zoning ordinance tightened last spring, residents in Miami Shores are not allowed to have vegetable gardens in their front yards.

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TOPICS: Gardening; Society
KEYWORDS: florida; garden; gardening; propertyrights

1 posted on 12/17/2013 11:54:34 AM PST by Theoria
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To: Theoria
Apparently racism on the part of the local gov't.

(I see nothing wrong with gardening in the front yard.)

2 posted on 12/17/2013 12:02:07 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Theoria

Looks great to me ... the law (at least that one) is an ass.

In other news, the term ‘Garden Homes’ has been removed from dictionaries across Florida.


3 posted on 12/17/2013 12:03:44 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Theoria; greeneyes; Red_Devil 232; Diana in Wisconsin; tubebender; fanfan; Black Agnes; ...

garden ping


4 posted on 12/17/2013 12:04:31 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Paladin2
Isn't it racism to assume it's racism?

Miami Shores is a strict neighborhood when it comes to code and always has been.

5 posted on 12/17/2013 12:06:14 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Theoria

A friend of mine who lived in a nice suburb decided to plant corn in his front yard one spring. It was hilarious.


6 posted on 12/17/2013 12:08:00 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Theoria

You will eat what we tell you to eat, citizen. You will eat only government approved and treated vegetables. It’s good for you. Trust us.


7 posted on 12/17/2013 12:08:02 PM PST by BinaryBoy (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: Theoria

New Yorkers need to mind their own damn business...the people of Red Hampshire have the same problem with NY’ers (as well as Massholes)...MYOB...seriously.


8 posted on 12/17/2013 12:09:01 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Theoria

Scrooge the town law. What harm does a front lawn vegetable garden do and if the neighbors don’t complain then what’s the problem? Its her home and land plus she’s paying property taxes. If she was raising chickens out front then its a different story.


9 posted on 12/17/2013 12:09:30 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Theoria
On the street I grew up on an Italian neighbor had a garden in their front yard, but you couldn't tell. They were so good at it, it looked like landscaping—beautiful landscaping, not like the clumsy attempt shown in the photo.
10 posted on 12/17/2013 12:11:34 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Theoria

And what would these neighborhood veggie cops have done back during WWII when people planted victory gardens??!!??

:(


11 posted on 12/17/2013 12:12:09 PM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: tflabo
Even if the neighbors do complain, what's the problem? I find a vegetable garden far more appealing to the eye than standard grass.

My neighbors have no more business prohibiting my vegetable garden than I would have dictating that they replace their lawns with a vegetable garden.

12 posted on 12/17/2013 12:13:47 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Paladin2

She’s going green so the libtards in govt. Should be thrilled. Apparantely some greens are more equal than other greens.


13 posted on 12/17/2013 12:14:54 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Theoria

Let her plant the garden, this is ridiculous!


14 posted on 12/17/2013 12:14:59 PM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: Theoria

It’s a beautiful yard!


15 posted on 12/17/2013 12:15:26 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Moonman62
Miami Shores is a strict neighborhood when it comes to code and always has been.

She's gardened in her yard for 17 years and NOW the idiots with the city say something. She didn't just start gardening this year.

/johnny

16 posted on 12/17/2013 12:17:59 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Theoria

It looks like either astroturf or fresh sod laid down around those island gardens. Just wondering.


17 posted on 12/17/2013 12:27:31 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: WildHighlander57

They’d have been shot; many people depended upon those gardens for food to put on the table.


18 posted on 12/17/2013 12:29:34 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Who are these assclowns to say what comes out of the ground. Time to remove them and put them in jail. Once again, the goose steppers are going nuts.


19 posted on 12/17/2013 12:30:25 PM PST by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: Theoria; All

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/817/672/417/miami-shores-let-couple-keep-their-vegetable-garden/


20 posted on 12/17/2013 12:31:26 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: JRandomFreeper
The front yard looks like a commercial nursery, and it does look bad by South Florida standards. And Miami Shores has always been strict.

But they should rewrite the code to address appearance, rather than what can be planted. That papaya looks terrible and it's a fruit. OTOH, some vegetables are sold as ornamentals and look great.

21 posted on 12/17/2013 12:41:06 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Even if the neighbors do complain, what's the problem?

Sounds like they have a 'busybody' problem...

22 posted on 12/17/2013 12:44:38 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Paladin2
I see nothing wrong with gardening in the front yard.

Car exhaust and dog markings add to the flavor.

23 posted on 12/17/2013 12:49:53 PM PST by Reeses
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To: Reeses
"...dog markings"

--> free fertilizer.

24 posted on 12/17/2013 12:52:57 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Moonman62
"Isn't it racism to assume it's racism? "

Of course, but everything is racism, when PC'ly properly viewed.

25 posted on 12/17/2013 12:54:30 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Moonman62
If they are so strict, how did she grow her garden for 17 years without a problem?

/johnny

26 posted on 12/17/2013 12:54:55 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Maybe she came up with new ways to make the yard look bad like half-buried pots and uncovered plastic.


27 posted on 12/17/2013 12:57:26 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Theoria

They must be conservatives, or her protective coloration would have helped. She should have played the race card right up front! < /sarc >


28 posted on 12/17/2013 1:43:21 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Theoria

This is why things like cities should not exist. Counties should be the end of the line for government.


29 posted on 12/17/2013 1:47:15 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: Theoria

NIMBYs would probably like to outlaw gardening in more rural areas, too. They’ve been complaining in parts of the West for some time already (uses too much water, alters “open space,” etc.).


30 posted on 12/17/2013 2:59:58 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Theoria

Many sparsely populated counties are already regulated up like NYC, too.


31 posted on 12/17/2013 3:01:07 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I think the photos are what the government wanted to replace it. Not sure, but that’s what it looks like to me.


32 posted on 12/17/2013 3:13:14 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Moonman62; JRandomFreeper; Jeff Chandler

Judging by the captions at the site, the photos are of the yard that government regulation forced her to create to replace her probably gorgeous and lush (at least during part of the year) vegetable garden. It looks pretty ugly to me and I don’t see vegetable one.


33 posted on 12/17/2013 3:16:54 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Finny
I don’t see vegetable one

as far as I'm concerned, they are only vegetables when you eat them, otherwise they are just decorative plants......and I harvest very late at night!!!

34 posted on 12/17/2013 4:59:35 PM PST by terycarl (common sense rules overall)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Her garden is in the front yard of her home in Miami Shores, because that’s where the sun is... earlier this year, after tending her garden for 17 years with nothing from the neighbors but compliments, Ricketts was ordered to dig up her veggies.

Thanks Theoria.


35 posted on 12/17/2013 5:57:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Theoria
Under a zoning ordinance tightened last spring, residents in Miami Shores are not allowed to have vegetable gardens in their front yards.

Plant the entire yard in tomatoes, which are not vegetables.

36 posted on 12/17/2013 9:33:17 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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