No small potatoes here! One Florida couple is celebrating the abolishment of a controversial policy that banned vegetable gardens on residential properties, and with it, the end of a 6-year legal spat with their village.
On Monday, Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll planted jalapenos, green bell peppers and other veggies in the front-yard garden of their Miami Shores home in honor of the news, NPR reports.
Back in 2013, Ricketts was forced to uproot a plot she tended for 17 years when a zoning ordinance forbade front yard gardens, as per NPR, on the grounds that they violated zoning codes and were unsightly. The offense was punishable by a daily fine of $50.
The 63-year-old woman and her 60-year-old husband, meanwhile, challenged the ruling in court.
An appeals court backed the village of Miami Shores, while the Legislature intervened in hopes of legalizing the gardens.
Fast-forward to the present, and the Miami-area couple couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
"I'm grateful to the Legislature and the governor for standing up to protect my freedom to grow healthy food on my own property,” Ricketts said.
"Gardening is wonderful," she told the Miami Herald. "I feel victory. ... I have no words."
The bill was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Rob Bradley.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.