Plant a garden, go to jail

Posted by: Phineas on August 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Oh, the evil of people trying to be self-sufficient, and the obscenity of doing it in public — in front of the neighbors!!

Presenting Reason.TV‘s Nanny of the Month: Oak Park, Michigan, official Kevin Rulkowski, whose objection to Julie Bass’ front-yard garden might cost her 93 days in jail.

Now, I’m not wholly without sympathy for Mr. Rulkowski; I was taught in real estate classes that uniformity in look helps maintain house prices, and I’m sure many of us have had to suffer with neighbors who park junk vehicles on their front lawns or paint their houses garish, eye-hurting colors. (Such as the bright orange house with black trim near me.) So I can see some reason to sensible zoning regulations.

But a garden? Really? Jail time? Seriously??

Rulkowski should leave Ms. Bass and her garden alone and concentrate on a real problem — such as rogue lemonade stands.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “Plant a garden, go to jail”


  1. Carlos says:

    But Phineas, how is this going to undercut the value of that real estate when there isn’t a square foot of Michigan that is worth anything to begin with?

  2. Phineas says:


    Good point. ;)

  3. mike in Baltimoe says:

    But Moochelle keeps telling us to plant a vegi garden so that we can get rid of our fat butts.

  4. Kate says:

    while she is in jail she can give the inmates pointers on organic gardening…..LOL.

    If she gives the produce to a soup kitchen would she get a shorter sentence???

    I think we should all send Mr. Rutkowski a ripe tomato in the mail, make sure it’s rotten.

  5. Noelegy says:

    A liberal friend of mine who lives in Tacoma, WA, and describes herself as an “urban guerrilla gardener” recently posted on Facebook how outraged she was at the government intruding into the lives of citizens in this manner.

    She is one of those who thinks it’s clever to refer to Tea Partiers as “teabaggers.”

    I didn’t ask her how government intrusion into private lives in this aspect was different from government intrusion into private lives in other aspects. Guess I should have.

  6. captaingrumpy says:

    The idea of you Americans have of “freedom” is somewhat silly. You go on and on about America,the land of the free,BUT can you plant a vegie garden in your front yard,NO. WE CAN…This idea of what the neighbours allow in YOUR front yard is silly. It’s not Freedom.Freedom is when you can do what you want with your property and to hell with anyone who doen’t like it. As long as no-one is harmed and it’s on YOUR land,so be it.
    Sorry America,you have lost first place in the race of the Free.

  7. Carlos says:

    @Noelegy: Don’t even try. She could no more connect those dots than she can with connecting a socialist-led Congress since 2006 with the “Great Recession.” It just won’t compute with her.

    And don’t worry about the “teabagger” reference. Fools are easily amused. Take Chrissy M., for instance. (Please.)