"It's definitely live. It's definitely plant. It's definitely material. We think it's suitable," she said.
The garden is adapted to the use and purpose of providing food, so according to Webster's dictionary, it's suitable - especially compared with a lawn, which doesn't do much for you, unless you have sheep to feed.
"Why do something that's decorative and useless?" said Bass, referring to flowers, in an interview with the Associated Press. "Vegetables are good for kids, and growing food is a real process."
One of Bass and her husband Jason's rationales for putting in the garden was to grow food and save some money on their grocery bill.
"The price of organic food is kind of through the roof," said Bass.
But the city of Oak Park seems determined to spend taxpayer dollars prosecuting Bass.
"They don't have (anything) else to do (if) they're going to take her to court for a garden," said neighbor Ora Goodwin.
"I think it's sad that the city of Oak Park that's already strapped for cash is paying a lot of money to have a prosecutor bothering us," said Bass.
Bass is determined to stand firm in her defense of her front-yard farm.
"I could sell out and save my own self and just not have them bother me anymore, but then there's no telling what they're going to harass the next person about," said Bass.
Oak Park Mayor Gerald Naftaly told the Associated Press that the city did not want to put Bass behind bars and would consider changing the ordinance if it is what the people want.
As Bass stands against city hall, here is a definition from Webster's that she may find suitable:
1: a.) a body of non-elective government officials b.) an administrative policy-making group 2: government characterized by specialization of functions, adherence to fixed rules, and a hierarchy of authority 3: a system of administration marked by officialism, red tape and proliferation Oak Park Woman Faces 93 Days in Jail for Planting Vegetable Garden: MyFoxDETROIT.com
IMAGE 1: Julie Bass created this vegetable garden in front of her Oak Park home. (Credit: WJBK, myFOXDetroit.com)
IMAGE 2: First lady Michelle Obama works with kids from Washington's Bancroft Elementary School to break ground for a White House garden. (Credit: whitehouse.gov)
IMAGE 3: The Bass' home in Oak Park, Mich. (Credit: Radley Balko, The Instigator)