The internet has applauded a gardener for planting vegetables on their front lawn in a new post going viral on social media.
Published to Reddit‘s notorious r/AmITheA**hole forum, a user under the username u/difeori shared their story in order to get the opinions of the “AITA” community. The popular post has over 5,000 upvotes and 760 comments.
The Redditor began their story by explaining that they have a “moderately sized” home with a front and backyard. The original poster (OP) isn’t a fan of lawns since they would rather grow things on it. However, their husband thinks that gardens would bring the resale value of their home down. In order to keep the lawn nice if they move, they used raised beds to grow vegetables.
After realizing how much money the couple saves from grocery bills, they decided to mainly eat what they grow.
They wrote, “It’s been amazing for saving money and the food tastes much better. But we have been running out of space so I sold my rose bushes in flower bed front of the house and replaced it with lettuce and kale. Most of the front lawn is still intact but where I use to have flowers I now have things we can eat.”
“My Neighbors have not been happy and someone called it ‘trashy’ and ‘ghetto like’ to my face and I’ve been told multiple times I’m ruining the community’s property value. I’m not a part of an HOA and my garden is well maintained so they can’t do anything but I’m worried they will come and rip up my garden. My husband has set up security cameras,” they concluded.
At the end of the post, the OP said the neighbors also don’t enjoy that they have a clothesline in the backyard and were angry that they had a pair of boxers hanging from the line while the neighbor’s son was outside.
Many Americans have a garden at their home. According to a recent study by the National Gardening Association, the most popular garden vegetables that are grown in the United States include tomatoes (86 percent), cucumbers (47 percent), and sweet peppers (46 percent).
Have you wanted to start growing a vegetable garden? To start, you need to find a good location where the sun hits for at least six hours a day, according to growingagreenerworld.com. It’s also important to get the right soil that’s rich with organic matter like composted leaves and aged bark. When watering your vegetables, they should get one inch of water each week. A three-inch layer of organic mulch can also help your growing vegetables.
The Reddit community was quick to defend the OP.
“[Not the a**hole]. Honestly, I’d pay more for a house that came with a pre-planned garden,” u/Sarioth wrote, receiving the top comment with over 8,000 upvotes.
U/CrystalQueen3000 said, “[Not the a**hole] I think it’s a wonderful thing to do if you have the space for it, and it’s more useful than a lawn.”
“[Not the a**hole] at all. i live in a neighborhood w/ no HOA myself, and we have lots of people who grow home gardens. overall property value has skyrocketed (not because of the gardens, but clearly they’re not STOPPING our good housing market). your neighbors don’t get to decide what your yard looks like. and as for the clothes lines … it’s not inappropriate. there’s nothing wrong w/ that,” u/yellowbunnythrowaway explained.
“[Not the a**hole]ur neighbors are the a-holes, ur doing a great thing not only for ur wallet, but for the planet,” u/Mo_the_axoloti commented.