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I have seen here and there through out the USA where towns and cities are "unfriendly" to growing edibles. Here is a sad example:

"TULSA, Oklahoma - A Tulsa woman is suing the city's code enforcement officers after she said they cut down her garden with no cause.
Denise Morrison said she has more than 100 plant varieties in her front and back yards and all of them are edible and have a purpose.

She knows which ones will treat arthritis, which will make your food spicy, which ones keep mosquitoes away and treat bug bites, but she said none of that matter to city inspectors.

Last August, Morrison's front and back yards were filled with flowers in bloom, lemon, stevia, garlic chives, grapes, strawberries, apple mint, spearmint, peppermint, an apple tree, walnut tree, pecan trees and much more."

http://www.newson6.com/story/18802728/woman-sues-city-of-tulsa-for-cutting-down-her-edible-garden
 
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Apparently the ordinance stated that "plants can't be over 12-inches tall unless they're used for human consumption", and everything she grew was edible, so I don't know what they think they were playing at cutting it all down.
 
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"plants can't be over 12-inches tall unless they're used for human consumption"



What? I can understand (to a certain extent) a city wanting to keep a neat and orderly appearance throughout residential neighborhoods. But with a limitation like that, you can say good bye to roses, carnations, and practically every flower bed in the city!

A spiteful person could kill their lawn and lay astroturf as a means of beautifying the city!
Or better yet, a bright orange concrete slab! 16 coats of paint that glow in the dark!
Sounds stupid? Sure it does, but how else do you fight stupidity?

EDITED to add: Given my nature, if that had happened to me, I would probably have taken my weed-whacker to the city parks, and made certain that they complied with the 12" rule.

 
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John, I am with you...Some folks say I am not a very nice person, but truth is if the idiot buggers leave me alone, like a snake, I don't bite...I am fairly certain that if that happened to me, here..there would be nothing over twelve inches high at any county building, as none of it is edible, including the trees...and the county would likely never have a running mower again...

But they ain't gonna...I have already kicked over the bureaurat's rocks here, and I think they have gotten the hint that the next time I get harassed over something petty and stupid, that there is going to be a whole bunch of really loud publicity, and some really penetrating investigations into the liabilities incurred for hte county by intrusive county employees entering property without permission, oh, by the way, has anybody seen my that came up missing? lol...
 
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i sued when a co came in and sprayed my property and killed off a lot of my plants without my permission..and I won
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