Monday, October 17, 2005

Hopefully today’s torrential rain and thundershowers (global warming?) won’t wash away the seeds. So far no signs of Bureau of Street Services Inspectors, and judging from the amount of abandoned mattresses and couches in Los Angeles they must be busy doing other things. Perhaps someday I’ll get a citation for two bean covered wire obelisks.

Sunday, October 16, 2005


The so-called “parkway”, the space situated between the sidewalk and the street, is a wasted space. Therefore, against the rules of the Los Angeles Municipal Code which prohibits “obstructions in public rights-of-way”, I have claimed the parkway in front of our house to grow vegetables in a raised garden bed. I hate cars anyways, and this space exists merely for the convenience of corpulent motorists to ease the transition from the seats of their bloated gas-guzzling SUVS to their equally bloated Barcaloungers. Make them walk a few feet! In fact, make them walk around my beets, leeks, garlic, beans, onions, turnips calendula and poppies!

Some possible problems: I could be busted by a building inspector or the Bureau of Street Services, I may have merely created a large cat litter box, the wood could be tagged, I could be the victim of turnip thieves (rustlers?). Such are the perils of agriculture in an urban environment.

But, if all goes well, in a few months I’ll have some tasty vegetables for our household and for the neighbors.