City Asks Couple To Remove Their Front Garden & Put It Back To Lawn… – Eco Snippets

City Asks Couple To Remove Their Front Garden & Put It Back To Lawn…

City Asks Couple To Remove Their Front Garden & Put It Back To Lawn...

As they’re about to turn 50, and wanting to adopt a more healthy lifestyle, Josée and Michel decide to plant a vegetable garden outside their home in the suburbs of Drummondville, Quebec.

Their backyard had little sun exposure, so they decide to set up the garden in the front yard. Once the garden beds are in place and the vegetables have started growing, the city asks them to remove their garden to put lawn back, but the couple decides to fight…

They used to have flowers growing, but Beauchamp has high blood pressure and wanted to eat healthier. So they planted cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis, beets, onions, and brussels sprouts, among other vegetables. Landry said the garden has had a big impact on her and her husband’s health. “Michel lost 75 lb since March, I lost 25 lb,” she said. Check out their inspiring story below…

Update Josée and Michel Win The Case…

The Drummondville case was one of the highest profile examples of a local municipality challenging the right to grow food in one’s own yard. While it took place in Canada, it quickly attracted international media attention because of the garden’s beauty and productivity. The win is significant because it helps establish a precedent that other urban and suburban gardeners can refer to when similar challenges arise in other parts of the world.

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Trying to pass a bylaw that prohibits one from planting healthy food in ones garden….#sadcountries Great it didn’t work out that way in this case.

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    Has nothing to do with preventing people from growing healthy food .

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    Why would there be any law that prohibit people from growing food? Why would any gouvernement demand people put in grass instead of vegetables? (Other than reasons of capitalism)

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    Not even capitalism, just plain old fashion BS.

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    Sven Tuinstra Because capitilists want their produce to be bought, doesnt make money for them if people grow their own.

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    Delena Ru that’s what I was suggesting

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    That is what the big companies want so you have to buy from them. When you are Growing your own food it makes you spend less and they get less money.

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Should be more front yards like that.

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Why Do You Capitalise Your Sentences?

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When asked, there is all right to answer NO

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Because, Freedom.

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but its beautiful!

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Good for them, why have a garden with a lawn when a garden full of vegetables and fruit is so much better and more beautiful!

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This ‘city’ is insane. They should be giving the owners an award!!

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How rediculous , it looks beautiful and practical

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Neat vegy gardens are more asthetically pleasing than a lawn. What’s wrong with the council? Or I should say the individual employee that made the decision that a vegy garden is not socially acceptable. My message to you is “get a life”.

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    This is the blunt force trauma end of bureaucratic stupidity. Any fuck-witted councillor who tries to stop people from growing shit in their own yards should be sent in for re-programming

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    I agree with you

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    I agree gardens are more pleasing for sure

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I’d rather have food growing in place of lawn. First of all, I’m allergic to grass. My neighbor has been helping me get rid of the grass and other things growing in my yard I’m allergic to

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I’d lo e to have a very garden again all around my property. My Dad used to grow them along with beautiful flowers, he never used chemical fertilizers, we had enough chickens to provide that and they were also fed with the veges.

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Ridiculous! When you think of it lawns are a waste of space and should be put to better use by growing veges. Somehow lawns are a very bourgeois thing!

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    Alot water wasted

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    Indeed! And in the future we wil lprobably have to grow more of our own food.

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Councils???? Parasites on steroids.

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    We had a similar response from a council in Buderim where street gardens and trees were removed…..stupid!!

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Probably flashy snobby earea of town.

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The couple won their right to have a garden.

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Council are very unrealistic.There us nothing wrong with their garden.

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Tuffy Muller

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Ok maybe not so pretty in some eyes … How about putting a rosemary ( or similar) hedge around it ???

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    The hedge would cut off light to the garden. Adding flowers would be better.

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    Jean Laak Truesdale ….whatever……

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    Jean is quite correct.

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    I think it very attractive. Lawns are BORING!

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    Jean Laak Truesdale …. Im talking
    a small herbal hedge here not A 10 meter monstrosity….. From what I learnt in school I do beleive the sun rises over the horizon and might even peek over a 30cm hedge too !

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    Some “lawns” are full of weeds. How is that nicer looking than this?

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    Geri Horne personally I prefer the veggies but who am I to say anything of a community I don’t live in nor live anywhere near nor belong to their culture….it just a distant personal
    Preference with no perspective … Perspective can be a big game changer !!

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    Obey or they will make you comply, if not Fema camps are waiting..this is just testing how far they can push.

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    Why does it have to be covered Up?

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    I think lawns are ugly. Why don’t we educate people to broaden their sense of what is attractive to look at instead of requiring that people plant an environmentally-bad monoculture on their property instead of a life-sustaining diversity of edible and ornamental plants to achieve some “property value” ideal for other people on their block? This cultural norm is outdated.

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    Well if nothing else the internet & particularly FB teach you more about people & humans than any formal education ever could … Or can… I think we all as humans have an awful long way to go !

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This is a great story – many thanks to this couple for taking up this fight! Well done!

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Hilarious because some humans are ridiculous

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Keep it…everybody should have a garden!

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I want one when I retire. It will be far easier in a cooler climate. I’m glad they won their battle to keep their garden.

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something is very wrong with that !

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Are you kidding me? That is pathetic, everyone who has a yard should plant a garden.

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It’s a beautiful garden. And lawns are boring and wasteful.

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i don’t understand why, its beautifully done, no weeds at all. They need to get out of their offices more often and breathe fresh air, thry must be crazy to oppose this

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I would just plant wonderful flowers in with the vegetables, like marigolds (whose flowers are edible), and sunflowers. Tell council to grow a brain cell. A properly tended garden is lovely whether it be flowers, vegetables or both.

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I think this looks fantastic. Much more interesting and tastier than turf.

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Old news but good outcome eventually.

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So, the cabbages on the council are jealous of the ones in the garden?

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Glad they won….the world needs more of this 🙂

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If we had vegie gardens instead of lawn !!!! How wonderful !!!

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shocking, nothing wose than a lawn of mono grass

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Alot of people, ‘say why garden you can buy that at the store’, also think it’s an eye sore! Brady bunch era,that all houses should look exactly the same, boring! H.O.A.,home owner associations suck, condos,apts! No imagination, plane an dull? Love me a garden! Mini farm?

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I would like to see photos of the council members and their families to see what physical shape they are in. It’s an amazing, beautiful garden.

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    They won their case!

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This garden is so tidy and beautiful. What can a lawn do to top that?

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What do the ordinances say? Seek a variance or a change in ordinance. Or plant a full front yard of strawberries!!!

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Love their garden and look at what they are producing for themselves!! Tooooooo may rules in this world!

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    They challenged the order won the right to keep their garden. Very pretty front yard!

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4 foot board fence should be the option! Just don’t look!

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It’s always the same story . Garden in front yard . That’s the issue . Easy solution is to put it out the back yard

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    Not enough sun in the backyard. They won their case!

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Socialism sucks….More government intervention into their lives. Canada, get a life.

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Glad the homeowners won.

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Outrageous. It would actually improve the neighborhood.

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    It did. It does. They won their case!

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    Maggie Lord Thank you for letting me know.

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The Garden Mafia, so sad and pathetic….how humans are controlled by jumped up little farts in local gov.

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    Michel, Merci d’être l’ange-gardien des causes désespérées et du déboutage des false news! : )

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Keep doing what you’re doing. Stay healthy.

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Bylaws are bylaws. You don’t like them? Change them or move somewhere else. that’s life.

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    They won their case. Why not make the effort to change a by-law?

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So sorry these people live in a county where officials do not see the beauty of this front yard. It is neat as a pin. It will help keep them healthy and have less medical issues from eating healthy. It will, obviously feed many more people than this family. I know, I have always grown a huge garden and given most of it away. Now I have bed 4′ wide and 50′ long and there is so much food coming out of that bed that I have to give so much of it away. Isn’t that wonderful? And, the garden takes the same amount of water but gives health. What does a lawn give back other than something to look at. Leave these people alone, officials. They may give you some of their hard work.

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    They won their case!

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    Maggie Lord thanks. Wonderful.

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Did they tell them to go to hell?!?!?!

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    They won their case!

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that’s wrong of the city

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It’s beautiful, productive and we’ll maintained … I love it!

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every front yard should look like this

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Great deal, I like it.

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That is a beautiful and obviously productive area of land! Leave them alone!!

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Stupid city rules! Get rid of those dumb bells!

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The government is wrong.

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It looks beautiful and should be an inspiration to all…..

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The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

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they won ! they kept the garden x

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fight the lawn!

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I was not stopped from doing this in Ottawa. It was great!
At least the city lost and the garden remains. Thank goodness there are spunky people out there.

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So happy that you won! I think everyone should have the right to decide what they will plant!

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Looks beautiful! I can see where this might be a problem with people who aren’t responsible.

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Cold day in hell…before I would remove my garden

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Lawns are a waste of precious time and space

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Sad ???????????

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Council gets told to stick it up their jumper! Sales lost at the supermarket are sales lost on the GMO’s, that are sales lost on pesticides and GM seeds. That hits the pocket of the likes of monsanto, which hits the pocket of the shareholders, who reside in congress. Pass a law stopping people moving towards self sufficientcy and keep them dollars and debt rolling on in. #changethesystem.

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Invite thecounselors over for lunch and shut their mouths with delicious food in it.

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This is so anal on the part of the city. Whatever became of “Victory gardens?” I guess it will take a war to make it legal again? I think pressure should be put on the local authorities……..now THAT’S something they hate!

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This is so anal on the part of the city. Whatever became of “Victory gardens?” I guess it will take a war to make it legal again? I think pressure should be put on the local authorities……..now THAT’S something they hate!

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not wasting water…being productive instead of just having something green that gives back nothing but looks.

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How wonderful to grow this fresh produce and have much to share as well. Bravo!

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Congratulations on the win of that unfair bylaw….We also grow vegetables in our yard and have 10-3’x9′ beds, 4 -2’x6′ beds, a 13’x15′ green house and a 2’x 32′ flower bed that now grow veggies, not flowers! We plant sweet peas at the end of the beds in the main garden for cut flowers for our home. We have been growing for over 30 years.

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City is disgusting

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There’s nothing wrong with the vegetable garden

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The modern lawn is one of the most wasteful and purely ridiculous uses of resources that ever came down the pike.
Unfortunately it’s quite a fetish with many people. They’ll obsess over their lawn, even if they don’t really use it.
I grow my veggies in the front garden, right beside the kitchen, because it works better that way.

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They pay their taxes..city needs to butt out

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this is by far more esthetically pleasing than a bunch of grass and a yellow rose bush. growing food is not an eyesore. plastic gnomes are.

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How inspiring, what a wonderful human rights fight.

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NO.! HEALTHY FOOD IS BEAUTIFUL. Remove fast food outlets from all street frontages to make a real improvement

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Keep it as it is stuff the city ?

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Beautiful garden. Fight to keep it

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Hope they fight!

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Love the look of this garden — wish I could grow like this.

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Looks like the show ‘ the good life’

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They can fudge off. That looks way better!

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That very sad
City of Edmonton is not any better

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Why do you not delete this? It is no longer true

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Sorry for these folks, this is beautiful

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When people think more about looks than health. Stupidity on a larger scale.

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Screw the city

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I’d say leave the garden where it is. It is a work of art. Keep up the good work.

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who cares how pretty it is it is providing for and clean air what a backward town council

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The city is nuts. What are they thinking?

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Never heard anything like it ,grow what you want in your own garden, what kind of by law is this! So glad they fought it & won. Garden looks lovely !

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We have to be more responsible in regards to public perception and aesthetics,. I love the garden but to appease and be a friendly neighbor, I would like to see more vertical farming by house and hedgerows or Tithonia or hosta rows..maybe a grass border… I love it though..wish we all did that and we would not be buying GMOs we’d be sharing neighbors…my thoughts…thanks..

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Wonderful story of how 2 people can make a difference!!

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The best sunshine. As long as it’s kept neat great idea. We have covenants here wouldn’t be allowed but we know that when we moved it.

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I love this and would like to see more of this and also fruit trees in the front. ???????

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I think that it is beautiful!

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Like it you can’t eat grass

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Your garden is beautiful.

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I bet if it was flowers they would not be giving you hassle.

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If the garden was ugly and overgrown…maybe. If it’s this garden…and unless there are CC&Rs…no way. Be thankful they don’t have a monster truck up on blocks and the doors off. Then again, with neighbors like this who would want to stay here anyway.

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think we are preaching to the choir, but maybe if enough people do this and make a extra attempt to make this attractive to the narrow minded lawn lovers and try to educate them, we might change their minds peacefully…

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My answer to that? Make my mortgage payments for me, then you get to decide what happens in my yard!

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They’re the patriots!

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They should encourage people to all have gardens & if you plant a tree or bush it should bear food bearing This world has become backwards, it’s sad!

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Are you kidding me.

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And, it is beautiful.

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Glad that fought for their garden…and their health.

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Move to Victoria BC! Lots of people out here plant veggie gardens, etc., instead of lawns.

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No pigs Sue 🙂

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What gives anyone the right to control what someone else can grow on their property. It’s called liberty. Wtf?

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Many yards with lawns don’t look anywhere near as good as this yard. And certainly aren’t as good for you!

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Tell them to fuck off. Good on people for doing this

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Take a flying leap off a tall building. Plants rule. Especially Vega tables.

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Wow so yes its not a common sight compared to lawn but how wonderful to grow your own veg and in such a magnificently neat attractive way!…good on them…

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Tell council they have no say on what someone does on their own property

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It’s their property..it’s not a mess. Leave people be.

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    I agree with your comment, Lisa. As long as a person is maintaining their property and not causing harm to others in the neighbourhood then live and let live!

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FUCK YOU. NO ONE IS GOING TO TELL ME HOW MY FRONT YARD SHOULD BE GRASSED. FUCK NO I PLANT IT AND WE EAT WHAT WE PLANT . WE ARE NOT EATING GRASS. FUCK YOU IDIOTS.THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.

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Why are people reacting to this “sad” and “angry” when the outcome was so positive??? Sometimes it just takes a little time and commitment to convince others of the right thing. I’m personally very encouraged by the outcome, so just switched my like to a love.

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I was going to suggest that Harvey had already taken care of the removing – but it seems that this house is in Canada! Lovely, but certainly unusual! I just do not understand that the city would ask to have it removed – especially in Canada! I am just thinking of a rainy day and some bigger car going buy and spraying dirty water from the street (with oil and other bad stuff lying around…. ) – yes I agree a fence around it that grows taller would do it!?

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City code requires at least 30% grass in the front yard. Can they change the walkways to grass? Is this a new city code?

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Zoning within a city is necessary. While “allowing” a waiver for individuals might be possible, others will take advantage of loose zoning to ignore community standards.

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This is the prettiest vegetable garden I have ever seen. It looks much nicer than a dandelion covered lawn.

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If they eliminate all property taxes then maybe

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Personally, I would love to live next door to those people and watch their garden grow!

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Looks better and is a lot more useful than a manicured golf green lawn.

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It’s beautiful ?

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Lawns are ugly in my oppinion, gardens are practical. I am glad my landlord likes my garden. She even said people viewing apartments love seeing the hot peppers and pineapple growing. It helps there is also a rose bush. ? sad people are such jerks in hoa’s.

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Beautiful garden. Who could object?

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Simple fix. Refuse. To. Comply.

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Here’s your answer! NO!

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Death to lawns – long live the Front Garden!

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Council, leave them and their garden alone.

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Nothing prettier than a nice garden, and yummy also!

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Nope. Keep it. ????

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It’s their yard fuck em.

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    Yeah sure. Only because is your yard this doesn’t mean you can keep garbage on it to affect other people.

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    Bria Alexandru Bogdan troll

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    If you pay taxes yearly to stay on the property then the state does not consider it your yard. You are renting. As long as you pay your taxes and do as you are told, they will allow you to stay. The minute you step out of line you become homeless.

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maintaining a dumbed down programmed powerless society

the local council should be tossed down the steps, told to piss off and never come back

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City = Failing!

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Is this in ‘The land of the free’? Sounds like the land of the oppressed.

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You pay ptoperty taxes for what?

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Beautifully maintained garden!

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so wrong. I thought you owned your property.

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Very good! Agriculture in the city is going back to stone age.

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A great use of the land and looks juat as pretty as a lawn .

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It’s amazing how government promotes healthy living and environmentally friendly living but only if they can tax you on it. God forbid a person finds cheaper means to live that are healthier and less intrusive on their finances.

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a beautiful garden, people are way too uptight -why I like living in the country

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That’s a gorgeous garden!

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Glad to see they won.

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IF you have a homeowner association with restrictions you are stuck. Any other neighborhood this world be awesome.

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Really TIRED of reading about IDIOTS! What possible reason could that council have for wanting them to do this? Fear that EVERYONE will follow suit and become at least PARTIALLY self sufficient! Why do we continue to elect these same, greedy bastards?

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It’s gorgeous. Everyone should have a garden not a lawn

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Every lawn should look like this!!

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Can’t really see a problem here. And yes I’m a certificated gardener. sack councils.

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That garden looks better than most lawns do.

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Beautiful garden

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    I agree Why not.

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My problem with this personally, is all the assholes walking by, on their way to and from the liquor store, throwing in garbage, or picking out produce…i hate my neighborhood.

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So much for trying to live healthy, very nice garden. Tell the city to take a hike.

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Don’t live in the city.

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Ask the city for a tax reduction due to the losses you will experience !!!!

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Forget it! This uses less water, is more productive, is beautiful and feeds the folks! I wish every yard looked like this.

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Looks well maintained to me should have been given an award for it’s neatness

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Please don’t take it down, it’s beautiful! The city’s fear is that other people may start doing this and not keep it as neat as yours.

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Wish my garden looked like that.

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This photo has been showing up here for many months. Either they took the garden down or they didn’t. Report the end of the story and then MOVE ON.

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Heartbreaking. It looks neat and beautuful.

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Tell the city where to go.

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I would tell them to kiss my grass.

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Beautiful keep it up

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Ha my property live with it

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SO what we see is a deliberate drive to keep all citizens (free range wage debt slaves) tied into the food delivery system. when people return to their own food production, it costs the local supermarkets about 10-20k a year per family (depending on what money they have). People who do this, also stop ordering fast food, start producing their own preserves, even their own small meat and egg production. The middle men dont get paid, so they presure local government though secret and not so secret brotherhoods and societies to make it illegal. THEY always target one person to make an example of them, so others wont follow them. It costs about 200k to defend yourself from a local council (on average) because that is about what they will spend on defending themselves, or attacking others. I saw this when a council up north destroyed about 7 years of verge food farming with fruilt trees, they destroyed every tree within days, and at a time when no one could get an injunction to stop them. (all from a back door deal from local supermarket owners who were looseing money from drop in fresh food sales). The best way to combat this, is with multiple home owners doing it at the same tine, and creating their own “society” – which in turn can use the collective power of the local “rate/land tax payers” to combat any moves these so called representitives of the “crown” attempt to do. It becomes a mater of cost for these councils to attempt to enforce or use power they dont have and have no right to, upon the people. I fucking hate this kind of tyranical bullshit, and personally believe identifying the individuals behind it, and using violence and intimidation, however you cannot win this way, as this is their way. we are fighting for our species not to be enslaved, by a tiny group of our own species, no mater how they pretend to do it, thats what it is.

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    No not at all . All you see here is someone being told to remove a trip hazard from the footpath . Which you don’t own. Grow out the back if they want

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    Cris Ward, take another look there is no prevailing ‘footpath’!

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    Nadine Gray maybe you need to look a little closer . ????

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conformity…..a big problem/pollution runoff from phony lawns in Florida is killing the water environment….

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Apparently the lawn as a concept was only developed by European aristocracy relatively recently as conspicuous way to display wealth. This showed the house had the resources to grow crops (i.e. water, fertile land) but was materially wealthy enough that these could be put to use for the purposes of something entirely non functional in medieval society. The 16th century equivalent of lighting a cigar with a hundred dollar bill…

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Everyone needs to plant a vegetable garden in their front yard! Break the law…it’s the only way to get rid of the political garbage that is running this country.

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    You don’t own the footpath/sidewalk/nature strip . It’s a pedestrian access area . If you plant a garden in it where are people supposed to walk ?

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    Cris Ward people can walk on the pavement. I know it’s a bit of a pipe dream but I’ve often thought it would be good if everyone had a different fruit tree outside their house so you could go for a walk around the neighborhood and pick some here and there, yes rats, but free food, and they could pay the unemployed / homeless to go around picking up the rooting fruit to take to some composting station, which could be composted to put back on the trees. Maybe that’s too communist, I dunno. Just seems sensible and something that could bring people together.

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    Ecosnippets the pavement as you call it is the road . It’s not a footpath . If people want a garden then put it in your yard and not block the footpath . That’s kinda the same rule in every country .

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Their garden is absolutely beautiful. Someone must be jealous.

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This garden is wonderful why waste good Ground on grass

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What reason did they cite? This is a much nicer, efficient garden than lawn

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Why would anyone complain ? It’s not unkempt, or weedy.

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The garden looks beautiful. This is 21 St century living. Clearly, the townships ‘old guard’ has to be educated, or has to be replaced.

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