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Very interesting article located at:

http://tinyurl.com/3ysjwj

The article discusses how people living in subdivisions/developments are removing the grass from a portion of their yards to plant vegetables and other edible landscaping. Pretty interesting.

I could not post the article due to copyright restrictions. Sorry.

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I grew tomatoes, cucumbers, various types of peppers and sunflowers on my patio for seven years before some old coot on the Homeowners Association filed a complaint that I violated article such and such or the homeowners bylaws. "Illegal plants"
I was to get rid of the plants or face a fine of $25 per day for each day they were on my patio.

I just brought them inside.

Many developments do not allow planting of fruits or vegetables because they "attract pests and insects"
 

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In our front yard we have 22 tomatoe plants, 2 cherry bushes, about 60 strawbery plants, 6 raspberry bushes, 4 acorn squash, about 50 oinions, mint, thyme, sweet basil, 2 butckets of potatoes and 1 lone sunflower (it was a volunteer in the compost pile). Been doing it for about 4 years now so we could learn more about gardening as we would like to grow AMAP of our own food when we move to the homestead.

Thing is it's even got a few of the nieghbors growing a little since they've seen ours. Only 1 other does it in the front yard, but several have put in little patches in the back yard.
 

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I see several front 'lawn' garden in the town nearby. Though they look good initially when planted, once they get further into the season and at harvest get rather unsightly. Though a few with flower borders and well landscaped look very good!
Here it isn't much of an issue about unsightly problems in winter, because snow would cover it from November till the next spring planting season. In a warmer climate, I think a garden like that could be managed effectively with planting cover crops WITH the garden at strategic times.
 

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I'm glad to hear it. More people should plant gardens, even if they only have a little balcony in the city. It seems a shame for people to have nothing but lawn, house, and driveway on their suburban properties. Seems to me, if you're going to spend the time and money to water it, you may as well get some veggies from it.
 

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We have 1/2 acre total, a little more in the back than in the front. But in the front we have a 20'x30' vegetable garden, a fig tree, apple tree, pear tree, 2 peach trees, a hedge of blackberries blocking our fairly busy 2 lane road, raspberries, 2 blueberry cbushes, a small bamboo grove, a patch of jerusalem artichokes, and our newest addition a fish barrel with water plants and gold fish. Not to mention all the flowers and regular landscaping. We got one citation 2 years ago when I had loaned my mower out and the grass had seed heads at 12" before I got it back. It was cited as being "unsanitary" even though there was not a scrap of trash and a potential "haven for rodents" just because the grass was tall, I have since kept it mowed regularly and continue to plant more food and they have left me alone, not being able to say a word about my "landscaping" because it is not grass, and isn't coverd in the ordinance. Now the back yard, that is where the fun begins, 5 goats, 7 chickens, 4 ducks, 11 ducklings (at the moment) and 3 rabbits. This too, I keep well maintained making sure there is no odor and doesn't get turned into a dirt lot, selling off animals when I need to. So far, so good (three years) I had to get a $25 permit this spring when the officials found out about it. They would have never known had 2 of my goats not escaped from the neighbors yard (where they were performing organic brush control) resulting in a visit from animal control. I didn't meet any of the space requirements for animals (they wanted an acre per goat), however the animal control officer issued me the permit anyway because he was so impressed with my set-up. It is so sad many areas don't allow people to raise their own food. We eat tremendous amounts of home grown produce, eggs and meat all off of 1/2 an acre. I do "tours" on a regular basis just to show that it can be done!
 

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wicket, do you have any pictures? id love to see your setup.


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Love the article! Thanks! I would love to do this in our front yard! So far we've replaced a tree lost in the ice storm with a dwarf pear tree. Next year it's veggies for the front garden.
 

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I feel sorry for those that have to deal with the bureaucracy described by Matthew. Fined for having animals? Not cutting your grass gets a citation? I am glad to live in Maine, where people leave each other alone for the most part. We do have some of the stupid laws, but I can still paint my house the color I want and nobody cares if I don't cut the grass.

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When I lived in Toledo, the backyard was the vegetable, herb, berry, flower garden. The very small front yard had dwarf fruit trees. Blueberries along the east side of the house. Raspberries along the outside of the privacy fence. Rabbits along the garage in the backyard garden. A couple of hens (shhh....don't tell, they were not permited) in a small run on the other side of the garage. Pots of growing things setting on the back porch and steps. The neighbor kids loved being at our place to help and taking home cherry tomatoes and flowers for their mom.
 

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Right now. I havepart of my yard in Poultry pens. And soon will be getting A few sheep and goats to keep the brush and grass down. After I get my tillere running. I'll be putting in A larger amount of row crops. including corn beans and sunflowers. I Am thinking A few plots of small grains too.
 

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saramark said:
I feel sorry for those that have to deal with the bureaucracy described by Matthew. Fined for having animals? Not cutting your grass gets a citation? I am glad to live in Maine, where people leave each other alone for the most part. We do have some of the stupid laws, but I can still paint my house the color I want and nobody cares if I don't cut the grass.

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One thing I can do is paint my house the color I want to, as a matter of fact it was swimming pool blue for a while (not my doing) but is now a more subdued gray. A lot of the picky bs comes along with homeowner's associations and fortunatly I do not have to deal with one of those. While we do not have free reign of the place, it is not bad compared to some other cities and towns. You ought to read some of the stuff folks from urban California and urban New England have to put up with.
 
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