One major drawback of apartment living: Not being able to have your own garden -- which can be an invaluable source of homegrown, chemical-free food. Oh sure, you can keep plants, maybe even a few herbs on a window ledge, but I greatly envy those who have even just a small chunk of land to plant whatever they please. I especially envy a Canadian couple, Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp, who live in Drummondville, Quebec. They've got what looks like the entire Whole Foods produce section growing in their front yard! What's more, the cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis, beets, onions, and Brussels sprouts and other vegetables grown by the couple have reportedly helped Beauchamp lose 75 pounds and Landry 25.
Nonetheless, we can't envy them that much -- given that they're under fire for said front yard garden. Apparently, it's illegal!
CBC News reports that the Drummondville town code states that a vegetable garden can take up 30 percent of a front yard at most. Obviously, Landry and Beauchamp's sprawling garden is in violation of this measurement. They were given two weeks to scale it back and the deadline is this Sunday. After that point, they'll be slammed with fines of between $100 and $300 each day. Plus, get this: CBC also notes that the city plans to make all front lawn vegetable gardens illegal this fall.
Ugh, so ridiculous! My heart goes out to the couple. It's so silly that they're being taken to task for this. It would even be one thing if their neighbors weren't down with it (which authorities claim is the case) or it was a serious eye sore, but that doesn't necessarily appear to be the case. In fact, Beauchamps says:
[My neighbors] love it. Everybody is surprised by the kind of taste we can have from fresh vegetables.
I know that if I had neighbors with a veritable grocery store in their front yard, I'd love it! And it sounds like plenty of other people are supporting the couple's cause. There's even an online petition you can sign to save the garden.
For the time being, the couple doesn't plan on complying with the town's wishes, so guess time will tell what becomes of their beloved garden.
Here's a video the couple has posted on YouTube showing the building and growth of their crops ...
Do you think the couple should have to scale back their garden?
Image via Josee Landry/YouTube