posted on Jun, 17 2012 @ 10:11 PM
reply to post by jude11
There is probably some misguided local code about lawns, etc., which should have been reviewed in court in response to a ticket written, where she
should have then won and overturned the stupid code. I have a 10 x 6' garden right now, with far more to come in my backyard and both sides, once I
get a rototiller. Last year I started it, and it took me about 20 hours of hand-digging for the initial 4'x6' garden. I'd rather have my tires
slashed than my organic garden messed with.
When the sides of the house are complete and my backyard garden, I will have spent about $1500 on soil, peat, etc. (soil was terrible quality at the
start and I didn't have the patience to wait years to build up enough compost and plant manureing.) anyhow, I did a calculation based on expected
yields and cost of watering, and the food I'll grow will yield $3000-5000 worth of organic produce (based on Whole Foods prices) annually. Mess with
my garden - you bet I'm comi g full bore after you.
Not only do I hope she sues and wins, I hope it results in changing of their local code and an increased awareness / interest in home gardening. Our
nation's health, sustainability, and economy would benefit greatly if every homeowner had a garden. I have friends in apartments and townhomes who
grow a few hundred $$ worth of organic produce on their patios alone.
And once your garden is set up, the expense comes down to only time and water. No chemicals, carry-over seeds, compost and tilling for fertilizer. And
the time spent - well, if you're doing it right, its not work, its exercise and enjoyment. We're even setting up a "toddler garden" next year for
our boy. He's 16 days old today.
I recommend a great book: The Complete Guide To Self-Sufficiency. It a fantastic guide for anyone from the apartment-patio gardener to the homeowner
on 1/8th acre, to the full-on homestead farmer.