during the first phone call i spent a long time very carefully explaining what a raised bed vegetable garden was.
although the city planner seemed clearly baffled by the idea, he offered the helpful suggestion that, since nobody had ever asked him about it before, it probably wasn’t something i could do.
a friend of a friend, who is an attorney, agreed to make a phone call to the local prosecutor for us.
he assumed that the city was just trying to appease someone who had made a complaint and that there was really no way that they cared about a neat and well-maintained garden in someone’s front yard.
i’ll admit i didn’t fully believe that the city cared that much about a few vegetables, but he told me that there was a reason for the saying that, “you can’t fight city hall”, and he said, “you know the song, ‘i fought the law and the law won’?
he left his name and number and said i should call as soon as i could.
i did, and we had a very nice phone call wherein he asked me very politely to move the garden out of the front.
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okay, it is now january of 2013, but i am going to actually update this section for those of you who are new to the blog, but who are coming here to actually get a synopsis of why it started.