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

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

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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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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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