A pea too far…

Confederate Yankee has some fun giving a smackdown to Drudge for accusing the White House of faking their garden.

I am not entirely sure that’s what Drudge is doing. He calls it a “miracle grow” but I don’t know that he isn’t simply having fun with words. In any event, both Bob and Terresa at Noisy Room are quickly denouncing any suggestion of a “veggie-gate” which I think is wise. With some Sarah Palin supporters still protesting David Letterman, after Palin has accepted his apology, a loony conspiracy-theory about vegetables (are they radioactive, like the ones on Gilligan’s Island? Where small veggies dug up under cover of night, and beautiful, big veggies left in their places?) would not be particularly helpful.

Anyway, I’d like to think that the White House veggie garden is something that both left and right can support and even copy. It’s a good thing. You have to really work hard (and needlessly, or obsessively) to find something to dislike about it. I am sure, though, that someone, somewhere is fuming and thinking, “if Bush had done a garden, he’d have been mocked for it.”

Well, maybe. It’s possible that some affected with BDS would have been unable to find anything to praise in a White House garden under Laura Bush. But frankly, I wish the Bush’s had gardened. It’s a great idea and inspiring. You have to be really far-gone in derangement, left or right, to find a garden unpraiseworthy, simply because you don’t like a president.

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  • YogusBearus

    Good points. I’m very impressed with the growth of community gardens in my area. What a great positive stimulus as weed infested vacant lots are transformed to well tended garden plots.

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  • vanderleun

    “I’d like to think that the White House veggie garden is something that both left and right can support and even copy.”

    Well, yes, of course…. unless, like some many other items, it is a fraud.

  • Peggy Coffey

    I love to garden, but I have nothing harvest worthy yet. But she did plant before I did. We still had some frost after Mother’s day in Ohio. When I read Drudge, I was surprised that she could harvest anything so soon. Guess I’m a little jealous.

  • Mark L

    I think the Drudge piece says more about Matt Drudge’s ignorance about gardening than about Michelle’s mendacity. Not that there is anything wrong with ignorance about gardening.

  • Klaire

    I doubt it’s the garden anyone much has a problem with but the “reporting”on the garden. It’s just more “Everything Obama, 24/7.”

    If Obama eats a hamburger, it’s news, and every other superfluous thing while important things, like REAL NEWS, goes ignored.

    As for the lettuce Michelle is picking, how DID it grow so fast; sincerely curious?

  • Newguy40

    I used to *sigh* do alot of gardening. Quarter plus acre from March 1 thru October (Central CA). And, it certainly is possible to get some crops from seed to table in 4-6 weeks. Lettuce, broccoli, beets, etc.
    Corn, winter squash, tomatoes… well no. So, I’ll giver her the benefit of the doubt.

    [remember, the WH garden veggies were already started when planted, not from seed -admin]

  • NB

    I wonder if the seeds are genetically modified. I know they won’t have a problem with insects especially flies
    Obama the ninja:

  • http://www.sherryantonettiwrites.blogspot.com Sherry

    Let’s put veggie gate to rest. We planted a garden in our back yard. We live just outside of DC, we are conservatives and yet the lettuce grows for the Democrats on Pennsylvania Avenue and for us just lurking at the beltway. We have been picking for about four weeks, we planted about three weeks before Michelle.

    Fight when it matters, this is just pure vegetable matter.

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    In any event – it’s a good example and I’m glad MO was willing to be part of setting such a good example. Not to mention that it will disabuse a lot of District kids from thinking that vegetables grow in the Safeway!

    Gardens are a lot of work. I was planning to have one this year but my early April stroke and the 4 weeks flattened by pneumonia kind of put a stop to that loopy idea. I do, however, have tomato plants growing in my Topsy Turvey planter!

  • Teafran

    Pardon my Klatchian, but gardens suck. For three years, in the middle of farm country, I tried and tried and tried to raise some veggies on my own – worked on it every day, weeded, tended, cultivated – spent an unbelievable amount of money of this tool and that gizmo, fertilizer, books, seeds – tried this advice and that comment – nada, zip, zero, nuttin’. I did manage to grow zucchini – about forty tons of it – but then any idiot can grow zucchini (or so I’ve been told).

    Tomatos never became large and red – then I discovered that plum tomatos don’t become large and red – it’s a tomato, what the heck? Don’t even get me started on corn – three varieties in six rows thirty feet long – four ears and they were uneatable. Radishes, lettuce, carrots – pah – took forever to grow and never did get anything worth eating out of it.

    It dawned on me after my third year of torture, pain and suffering that I live in farm country. My lovely and long suffering wife’s need to can and preserve fruits and veggies could easily be satisfied by walking down the street and purchasing veggies in bulk from the farm stands that surround my home. Fruit? Hah – I live one mile from the largest orchard in NE CT and not only that, but the owner is a good friend and fellow fire department volunteer. All those fruit trees I planted and received nothing from burned nicely in my fireplace.

    You can have gardens – that’s why the Good Lord invented farming for pete’s sake – support your local farmer that’s what I say.

    Gardens – pah.


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