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Judge Rules Government Can Ban Vegetable Gardens Because They Are 'Ugly'

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If you think you have the constitutional right to plant vegetables in your front yard, you should think again. Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carrolls of Miami Shores, Florida grew a vegetable garden in their front yard for over 17 years until the Miami...


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Christeen Anderson (342)
Sunday November 5, 2017, 1:13 pm

Kathleen Mireault (211)
Sunday November 5, 2017, 1:50 pm
S&N. Thx for sharing Kathy. Ridiculous covers it! I'd try a fence tall enough to hide the poor veggies...clearly some goats have way too much time on their hand So!

Richard A (2)
Sunday November 5, 2017, 3:04 pm

Sue H (7)
Sunday November 5, 2017, 4:01 pm

Colleen L (3)
Sunday November 5, 2017, 11:52 pm
That is insane, I've heard of it all now. Thanks Kathy

Animae C (507)
Monday November 6, 2017, 3:23 am
Oh good grief!!!!

Trish K (29)
Monday November 6, 2017, 5:34 am
I say we all show up at the judges house and pelt him, his car, and house with rotten tomatoes. And the traditional bag of dog poop in a paper bag lit on fire before we ring the door bell and hide to film.

Ben O (140)
Monday November 6, 2017, 7:34 am
Holy smoke!

Peggy B (43)
Monday November 6, 2017, 9:18 am
It's all about zoning. I don't think I'd appreciate a neighbor using his front yard for a eg garden especially if I wanted to sell my house. I have seen many attractive veg gardens so they aren't always an eye sore, but for many they are. People need to check their zoning regulations whenever buying a property so there are no surprises. Most towns and villages don't allow front fencing which I don't like, but there you go.

Lindsay K (6)
Monday November 6, 2017, 1:08 pm
Ludicrous! Unbelievable! And incredibly stupid! Thanks for sharing.

Ch B (23)
Monday November 6, 2017, 1:31 pm
What an utterly ignorant ruling. It never ceases to amaze me. Home owner associations can demand people put in lawn, a huge environmental disaster. They can require things like wood siding and shake roofs - a fire hazard. But someone wants to put in a vegetable garden - something that offers not only beauty, but food and educational opportunities and it is considered ugly? The ugly thing in this story is the people who force their own definition of beauty on others.

michelle m (41)
Monday November 6, 2017, 2:40 pm
This is the stupidest thing that I have ever heard!

Dianna M (16)
Monday November 6, 2017, 3:51 pm
According to, the judge didn't actually rule that the government could ban gardens completely, he ruled that the community of Miami Shores could enforce local codes restricting vegetable gardens to rear yards only. He did not rule vegetable gardens may be banned altogether because they are "ugly" (or for any other reason).

pam w (139)
Monday November 6, 2017, 4:10 pm
Thanks, Dianna! I was about to post this same thing.

Anne K (139)
Monday November 6, 2017, 5:02 pm
Lawns should be banned. Lawns are a waste of space. Growing vegetables is a good use of one's yard.

Eternal Gardener (736)
Monday November 6, 2017, 5:35 pm
I wholeheartedly agree with Anne's comment!
Besides isn't beauty in the eye of the beholder?

Harry K (0)
Tuesday November 7, 2017, 2:27 am
rather sad

Freya H (358)
Tuesday November 7, 2017, 8:08 am
Thanks for the enlightenment, Dianna M. I do like your comment, Anne K. Besides, lawns are a big pain in the arse to maintain. Why not grow vegetables instead - and donate what you don't need to a food bank? During World War II, millions of people grew victory gardens to boost food production. Modern "victory" gardens could help preserve heirloom varieties of tomatoes, green beans, et cetera.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Tuesday November 7, 2017, 1:12 pm
How outrageous....why are they ugly....because the plants and produce are not uniform in size and proper genetically modified organisms.

Thanks for this article.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday November 7, 2017, 1:34 pm
Why are so many people in our country emptying out their damn brains?

Beryl L (80)
Tuesday November 7, 2017, 2:19 pm
What an idiot

Beryl L (80)
Tuesday November 7, 2017, 2:20 pm
I'm so glad I live where people have Gardens wherever they want there is no zoning you can grow a garden in your front yard completely around your house and your backyard or on your roof big deal this guy is a total jerk

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 7, 2017, 2:36 pm
I would be pleased, if anybody bans idiotic politicians and other idiots - we never can have enough gardens but we already have enough idiots in this world!!!

Donna G (42)
Tuesday November 7, 2017, 3:34 pm
It's all about the city codes. If the city only permits backyard vegetable gardens, then that's where they need to be. If one is not happy with the city codes, then run for city council and work to change the codes.

Les M (3)
Wednesday November 8, 2017, 2:08 pm
i don't even know what to say!

Joanne D (38)
Wednesday November 8, 2017, 4:39 pm
Did anyone think to tell the judge that he (or she) is ugly, and if they aren't allowed to eat their "ugly" vegetables, maybe they should eat him (or her)? The article doesn't address this, but not everyone HAS a back yard, or at least a back yard where it's possible to grow vegetables.

Kimberly Wallace (0)
Thursday November 9, 2017, 11:00 am

Janet B (0)
Thursday November 9, 2017, 7:31 pm

Roberto MARINI (88)
Friday November 10, 2017, 9:01 am
thanks for sharing this post

Patricia N (9)
Friday November 10, 2017, 3:09 pm
Yes it is all about the municipal and neighborhood codes so people need to get together and change these stupid rules. I have hated lawns for many years now with nothing of value on them for animals, birds or humans
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