Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A law against gardening...

For many reasons, I hate the idea of living in a place where there are draconian homeowner's associations.  I don't like subdivisions anyway, but I really chafe against the idea that some group of people can dictate what I can and can't do on my own property.

I just read an article on Yahoo! about people who planted vegetable gardens on their own property and then had to dig them up or face fines.  Generally, it was HOAs and city ordinances that dictated these rules.  In one case, a couple who relied on their garden to be able to eat, had to lose the garden or face fines of $50 a day.

I understand why some people love their HOAs.  I imagine if I gave a shit about my neighborhood looking all manicured and beautiful, I might love one too.  But if I'm going to own a piece of property, I don't see how I should have to deal with some local city putz telling me I can't plant a garden on my own land.

Since we moved to Texas, I have found that I miss the country life we enjoyed in Georgia and North Carolina.  I know that such rural communities exist in Texas.  If we stay here and decide to buy a home, I hope it will be in a place where my home is really mine and I can paint it whatever color I want  to and put a fucking pink flamingo in my yard if it pleases me (which it won't).

This bullshit about not being able to garden is just ludicrous, though… especially when we have so many Americans who are sick because of their diets.  Those who want to eat fresh food that they grow themselves ought to be encouraged and commended, not fined.  So much for freedom in America.



  1. If anything, HOAs should be paying bonuses to people who garden.

    Texas would seem like the ultimate anti-HOA sort of place. I've lived my whole life (except for a few summers) in California, which tends toward socialistic nanny-state-ism, and I've never ever lived in a regulated subdivision. Something's wrong here.

    1. I agree.

      Where we live now supposedly has an HOA, but I have seen absolutely no evidence of it. There's a house down the street from us that appears to be a crack house.


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