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Garden smackdown

(article, Culinate staff)

In case you missed it, the latest spat in the vegetable-gardening world took place recently in Oak Park, Michigan, where the city threatened to sue a family for filling the front yard with vegetables.

As the family in question noted in the blogosphere, the front-yard veggie patch — a very tidy, organized patch, to be sure — came about as the result of the family having to rip up the front yard to replace the broken sewer line destroyed by the tree planted by the city in front of the house years ago . . . you get the picture.

Of course, after the brouhaha went viral, the city dropped the charges against the family — only to renew them for the family not being speedy enough on getting their dogs licensed. Who knew that both veggies and dog tags could get you three months in jail?