City of Orlando passes front-yard veggie garden ordinance

College Park man will keep garden

File photo.
File photo.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The ordinance that will allow a College Park gardener to keep his front-yard vegetable garden was passed by the city of Orlando on Monday.

The ordinance says 60 percent of the front yard can be a garden, gives a list of approved trees and plants, requires gardeners to remove dead and overgrown plants, and sets a 5 foot height requirement for structures, such as tomato cages.

The city asked Jason Helvenston to dig up the garden last year, saying he was violating city code.

He fought, and his story received national attention, prompting the city to changing its code.

The ordinance received its final vote on Monday after two readings last month.