COUPLE WITH VEGETABLE GARDEN FIGHTS CITY TOOTH AND NAIL. Now the City PROMISES a code change for controversial vegetable garden!


SEE: http://homosassarivergardenclub.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/fl-city-code-bans-garden/

 THESE DAYS, local ordinances may stupidly try to dictate what foodscape you are allowed to have on visible parts of your property. This is usually done to promote a FAIRYBOOK NORMAN ROCKWELL look to the suburb and protect your neighbors' property values. AS IF! Those kinds of neighborhoods look like slumbering seniors were in the houses. Times and ideas on ecology, food purity, frugal lifestyle and the value of heritage foodscaping are TAKING OVER!. Generation X'ers know that SAVING HUGE AMOUNT OF $$ MONEY happens when we BANISH chemical sucking "CUT ME CUT ME" LAWNS. Grass COSTS beaucoup in H20 and mowing upkeep. LAWS are NOT part of  any GREEN SOLUTION. On the other hand, how many thousands of dollars a year do we SAVE growing our produce? And in medicine bills when we're FEEDING FAMILIES tasty, NUTRITIOUS, FRESH NON GMO FOOD. So "RIGHT TO RADISHES" is a safety and CASH ISSUE. Guess what, chum. That means we are in a WAR WITH CITY HALL. Cities and FAKE POLS versus flesh and blood HUNGRY HOMEOWNERS. And because of that war, that activist effort, landscaping laws are EVOLVING. We are in the cross hairs of evolutionary change, you and me. While some home owners have indeed run into threatening legal problems with outdated, prissy NORMAN ROCKWELL city codes, others citizens are using this WAR as an opp to BREAK OUT INTO EXCITING ACTIVISM!

Take Jason Helvingston. His vegetable garden in ORLANDO has just come into the cross-hairs of the stupidist bone head city officials in AMERICA. He was reported for code violations after he planted a 25ft by 25ft. garden in his front yard. See photo above. The chief idiot at the city ordered it removed in a few days or else, big fines. (*sound of slavering and hand rubbing please.)

JASON went straight to the local newspapers and TV news with photos of his belle maison et jardin charmant and every newspaper and TV station carried his story. RESULT: City hall has red faces, exposed as fine-hungry bums. Garden has not been removed and JASON rode the tidal wave of publicity to petition CHANGES in City code, so it will allow for everybody's front yard vegetable gardens. JASON is now on our HEROES OF AMERICA WHO DID SOMETHING STUNNINGLY EVOLUTIONARY WEB PAGE!

JASON also did a walkabout,  collected over 200 signatures in support, including his neighbor’s and took that to the CODE BOARD and CITY COUNCIL with reporters tagging along.

AT An EARLY point in the fight, ORLANDO made a really dumb limited hangout concession:  allowing Jason 25 percent of his front yard to be a vegetable garden. Plants could not exceed 4 feet in height and planters would need to be 3 feet from the sidewalk. (Try growing corn and string beans under 4 feet! And nowadays with GMO stringbeans, hard as rope, no flavor, we need our ROMA BEANS, (OR ROMANO,) the most delicious of all string beans.) They are broad and fat, not skinny and useless. Cost 3 times what normal string beans do. Go figure. GROW THEM! And tomatoes? THEY NEED TO CLIMB AS HIGH AS THEY CAN GO to get the sun and keep fruit off the ground where they sweeten up way more than SUPERMARKET ones.  Some steenking city is gonna tell US how to grow our TOMATOES??My neighbor BJ teaches at Pierce Agricultural College. He has a huge garden in front of his house with pipette drip irrigation to each POT. The tomatoes are in the ground, taller than a man. He knows his RULEBOOK.

Yet not everybody is so ballsy. A wannabe Curb Farmer Etta Klein says her plans of expanding the vegetable garden in her front yard are on hold because of her city's proposal. "We don't want go ahead and do something and find out that we have to rip it out later," said Klein. The current city ordinance  requires that the front yard contain ground covers, planted in a way that gives off a finished, inviting appearance. Quelle COWARD! Must be a Virgo.I gardened on MY curb before L.A. Calif made its AUGUST 2013 law that we could...

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU ETTA, but I don't find VINCA INVITING. I find SALAD, HERBS, CORN inviting. TOMATOES! Big blobby great juicy orbs of sugary, tangy SOLID RED. YUMMY. PIZZA, PASTA, SALADS. Eating your VINCA is why you are the way you are!

Well, let's see how the dust settles here. Helvingston is part of a growing movement to reduce the use of demanding grass lawns. He would like for home owners to be able to replace their unproductive sod with useful, edible plants. His is not the first case. There has been much publicity recently over similar gardens in Oklahoma, Missouri, Michigan and  Quebec.

HAPPY UPDATE:   The city has decided not to pursue Jason Helvingston’s code violation and after a large public response, they are looking into changing the code language.

Don't you want to be a fighter for the future too? Here's how, Start composting your autumn leaves and those of neighbor right now. Pile should be 20 x 20. Get a shovel, trowel then GET YOUR SEEDS at WALMART,  not online... Walmart is the cheapest place, do it now, compost the land this winter, and that garden will be knee high by May Day. But,  before you dial the reporters about YOUR FRONT GARDEN STATEMENT COMING SPRING of 2013... know the type of FACTS YOU HAVE TO DELIVER TO REPORTERS: Lawns are yesterday's look. Sure, they've been the picture perfect image of the American home for ages. With a few foxglove and hollyhocks near the fence. But try eating FOXGLOVE!  LAWNS have a constant and very costly upkeep. THIS FACT ALONE is starting to make people think twice about this part of the American Picture Post Card

Nationwide, irrigation is estimated to account for almost a third of residential water use, equalling more than 7 billion gallons per day and up to 50% of both commercial and residential irrigation water is wasted due to evaporation, wind, improper system design, or over watering. This is a major concern, in drought plagued Florida. A lawn on compacted soil can also be up to 75% impervious to water, meaning that even the rain mostly ends up in storm drains, instead of in the soil. The University of Florida estimated that the turf-grass sector alone took in $57.9 billion. In the current tight economy, with concerns over the rising price of food, its quality and the distance groceries travel before arriving at the grocer’s shelves, many people are returning to a style of Victory Gardening and want to express that sentiment to the world, via their front yard.

There are also people who prefer to scrap the lawns and return their landscape to a more natural appearance. This style determines the actual used turf area and then turns the remainder into wildflower meadows, landscaped “rooms”, or just contemporary style landscapes utilizing resilient native plants and ground covers. Native Plant Landscapers are a new segment in the professional landscaping industry. According to noted author Doug Tallamy, if America converted 1/2 of its lawn space in this method, we would increase needed wildlife habitat by over 20 million acres. That is an area larger than the top 12 National Parks combined. And the good news on this front, is that the State of Florida has been proactive. In 2009, the legislature passed a law protecting homeowners who wanted to install Florida Friendly landscapes. This law also prevents Home Owners Associations from fining homeowners for brown lawns, when they are abiding by water shortage rules. There are even Florida Friendly ground covers that will still give the green lawn look, while not requiring as much labor or inputs. And if you love your grass unconditionally, you still may find organic lawn practices beneficial.

So take a moment to consider your lawn and your lifestyle, and if an alternative might work for you.
The city of Orlando says it's trying to work with the couple whose front yard vegetable garden has sparked controversy nationwide by passing new regulations that would require changes to their garden, a move that would affect several others in College Park.

LATEST NEWS ON HELVINGSTONS http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-01-09/news/os-gardens-prohibited-in-orlando-20130109_1_small-garden-front-yard-vegetable

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