The Arugula Gets to Live

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Citydesk regulars may remember a few months back when Citydesk was ensnared in a permitting nightmare of his own making.

He who was ensnared, former News Editor Nathaniel Hoffman, sent BW an update on his permitting nightmare today and since so many readers had something to say about his front-yard-turned-farm, we thought we'd share. Hoffman posted this today on paleomedia.org, his personal news blog/e-diary:

So it is with great pleasure that I report to you that the City of Boise has deemed the garden and trellis “appropriate.” That is the term they use. I have a Certificate of Appropriateness pending for my little urban farm.
It’s pending because I need to get my license agreement with ACHD done first. And because they’ve asked us to put some permanent greenery along the street-facing edge of the yard. So I need to find a low-water, low-profile creeping plant that will grow down a nearly vertical slope to the street but not take over the garden, if anyone has any recommendations … something that is not grass.

But the other interesting thing that came out of this process is that the city’s Historic Preservation Department plans to convene a working group at the end of the summer to discuss gardens in Historic Districts. Sarah Shafer, the lead staffer at Historic Preservation told me that the commissioners prefer raised beds but said that the were looking for some more recommendation on how to handle gardens in historic districts.

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