Outlaw Vegetables in a Confused World


It shocked me to learn that local governments in Michigan have attempted to forbid vegetable-growing in front yards. Can you imagine? Outlaw vegetables! And residents of our son’s Texas apartment building cannot dry laundry on balconies, even on inconspicuous racks. 

Many seem to see line-dried clothes and other old-fashioned, natural ways of living as an unattractive nuisance. But even more astonishing are the complaints farmers have received from new neighbors about the noise and smell of living next to farms!

Apparently, if you want to grow your own food, line-dry your laundry, or raise animals, you’d better do it in secret! People want their food, but with no smell, animal sounds, or ‘messy’ gardens. With the resulting unnatural, artificial diet that ruins people’s health.

Do people think vegetables grow invisibly, like on virtual farm games?

Modern society, with its growing dependency on internet and technology, is becoming increasingly alienated from the natural world, and from the healthy, wholesome lifestyle God intended for man.

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it,”Genesis 2:15.

Line-dried laundry has become something only done on homesteading virtual games. Raising vegetables and animals for personal sustenance is a Farmville® activity, and real-life farming an offensive bother.

Living in southern rural Italy, as we do, this all seems so absurd! In our village nearly everyone grows vegetables, and hangs the undies among the shirts and pants flapping in the breeze. Many raise a pig or chickens, and we enjoy the bounty of all this natural living, with readily available low-cost, natural foods.

Perhaps it’s time for a new mindset!

The only way to protect our planet and safeguard it for future generations is through lifestyle changes, beginning with small, everyday things.

How do you see vegetables in front yards? As beautiful plants, or outlaw vegetables?

To me, vegetable growing and line-dried clothes are not disgraceful. The real problem, if you ask me, are the huge amounts of energy clothes dryers use and the immense quantity of water non edible lawns consume!

Vegetable gardens and line-dried laundry, no matter where, are things of beauty and wisdom, don’t you agree?

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Author: Sheila

American born, Italian at heart. Happily married over 40 years, living in Italy almost 30. Mom of two, and nonna to 9 grandkids. Missionary with a passion for God's Word and discipling others to to walk in his ways and give their all in devotion and consecration to him. For He alone is worthy of all.

6 thoughts

  1. I grew up in a small town where everyone had a vegetable garden, and a clothesline too. I used to take my sheets ‘home’ to wash when I visited my parents, so I’d have that wonderful fresh smell of sun-dried sheets to sleep on when I went back. I think the air is a bit dirty here in the city now to dry clothes (and to breathe), which is a pity.


    1. Those were the good ole days when life was so much simpler, weren’t they Sandy? I am ever so grateful that here in Italy it’s still like that in many ways. Life here seems so much more ‘human’ and with more wholesome values. But I do hope that at least in the country and small towns of the USA it’s still like that a bit. At least then people could still get back to nature there!


  2. I like the sound of where you live and I guess it makes me count my blessings here in Chobham because although we are close to London we are privileged to back onto common land which means it is protected and somewhat rural. I think my views on the washing are interesting and as soon as I read your comments about living in Italy it made complete sense and challenged my opinion. I think its contextual …. not sure if that is the right term. , our flat was part of a converted country house on park land in Surrey and had we not moved I would have been continuing to try to reach a compromise getting a communal drying area tuck away from view so the beauty of the park and the building could be seen but the practicality of living there accommodated.


    1. Yes, the way we think is quite contextual, though we often don’t realize it. But it’s good that we can learn from and encourage one another to rethink, re-evaluate and hopefully change when needed, isn’t? We love nature & beautiful scenery and feel it is important to safeguard it. But to us the question of laundry hanging out for all to see is more a question of: which is uglier: jeans & shirts flapping in the breeze or the smog created by all the excess energy use, due to things such as automatic clothes dryers? In any case if you make to Italy, be prepared to see laundry hanging everywhere! Thanks for your input!


  3. Love your post we live backing on to common here in the uk so near rural on an dirt track and a new neighbour wanted to raise a petition because a neighbours hens were too noisy. They did not stay long. Not sure I agree about the washing though. Where does a small airier become to big. We lived in a flat with the same rules and whilst it seemed a bit strict when applied to you when neighbours hung out their stuff you soon saw the point.


    1. Thanks for your comment! We live in about the same situation, in town but on the outskirts. Behind us are nothing but beautiful rolling hills. We’ve never been bothered by our neighbors’ chickens & since they’re very generous, we are sometimes blessed with eggs and meat! I guess since we’ve lived in Italy for 24 years (which is VERY relaxed!) wash hanging out seems normal, even in flats. Everyone does it, and actually, without the wash flapping in the breeze Italy wouldn’t seem like Italy to us!


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