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Authorities target Quebce front-yard kitchen garden


Take a look at Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp's gorgeous front yard kitchen garden in Drummondville, Quebec. The cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis, beets, onions, and brussels sprouts and other vegetables grown by the couple helped Beauchamp lose 75 pounds, and Landry 25.

The only problem? It's illegal.

Boing Boing points us to a petition to save the garden, which authorities insist must be removed. The town code states that a vegetable garden can take up 30 percent of a front yard at most, and Landry and Beauchamp's is in violation. They were given two weeks to comply, which means the garden must be drastically scaled back by this Sunday.

Well, since the law doesn't apply to banksters, why does it apply to gardeners?

CBC also notes that the city plans to make all front lawn vegetable gardens illegal this fall. The measure would only apply to new gardens, so Landry Beauchamp garden -- assuming they scale it back -- will be perfectly legal.

Lovely. Since when is it illegal to feed yourself?

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Submitted by goldberry on

But not artful. I suspect it wouldn't get so much attention if the raised bed wood was weathered and wasn't surrounded by pea gravel. The pergola is to die for.
These garderners are only guilty of poor design. They could have made this look beautiful and lush with flowers and shrubbery and not sacrificed a single cucumber. But instead, that big expanse of gridded front lawn looks like a visual lecture to the rest of the street. Even if the couple is right, it's a bit like smashing the other neighbors' face in it.

I like what the gardeners are doing. in fact, my next house includes a front garden next to the street for passersby to help themselves. But I don't plan for more than a corner of the lawn and want it to look a lot more casual and friendly, not like a fricking agricultural research plot. It's too bad the neighborhood couldn't offer some design tips and then helped them make it fit into the neighborhood more. The home owners share some of the blame here even if the city is being overbearing and stupid.

Still, I'd love to see what their backyard garden looks like.

Submitted by hipparchia on

the law doesn't apply to banksters, why does it apply to gardeners?

love it!

otoh, generally if you live in a city, not all of your front yard is yours - the city/state/county/province/whatever generally owns an unpaved strip on either side of the paved road, and this is where your underground utilities are buried: water, electricity, cable, phone, gas, etc, and poles for above-ground utilities. it's also where the cities put sidewalks and bike paths so that pedestrians and cyclists don't have to travel in the road with the cars.

these publicly-owned right-of-ways vary a great deal in width, but if you're going to have both sidewalks and utilities, you need about 10ft of right-of-way on either side of the paved road, because you don't want to put concrete sidewalks on TOP of your gas, water, etc lines. Can't tell from the photos i've seen how wide the right-of-way is in that neighborhood, but his raised beds nearest the street could easily be sitting on top of buried utilities. i'm sure this makes the city and the utility companies happy [not].

probably if the gardeners had agreed to keep all structures [stakes, raised beds, etc] out of the right of way, and planned their garden so that any buried utilities were covered by a walkable path that could be easily dug up [grass, mulch, stone dust, wev, in case of, say, a gas line springing a leak] over any buried utilities, the city might have granted them an exemption. if none of their neighbors complained, i'm guessing one of the utility companies might have.