White House Kitchen Garden in Shutdown Mode

White House Kitchen Garden in Shutdown Mode
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On the White House food policy blog Obama Foodorama, this post about the condition of the kitchen garden is making headlines.  Seriously.  Are people surprised that gardens need regular staff time or they’ll go to weed?  Maybe readers are glad to see that even this famous garden turns into a mess so quickly, because only watering was deemed essential during the Shutdown.

But is “wrecked” really the word for a garden that hasn’t been weeded in two weeks?

Posted by

Susan Harris
on October 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm, in the category Eat This, What’s Happening.


    • Rebecca Caley
    • 1st September 2016

    Isn’t Mrs. Obama weeding?

    • skr
    • 30th October 2016

    she only likes gardening when her underlings are doing it.

    • mary lou bethune
    • 6th November 2016

    I don’t think there is any support for that catty statement. This is October – when gardens go to seed.

    • Daphne
    • 11th November 2016

    I have to laugh at the use of “wrecked”. Heck I left my kitchen garden for two weeks in the middle of summer. It was by no means wrecked when I came back. Plants have a way of taking care of themselves. Well as long as they get enough water (which they have and then some).

    • Kim
    • 15th November 2016

    If two weeks is wrecked, then after a first trimester of non-stop “morning” sickness, my gardens must be permanently destroyed, perhaps not even salvageable for next year. /sarcasm

    • Jessika
    • 15th November 2016

    It’s also OCTOBER, meaning that the garden was likely looking pretty dreary. I saw a photo someone posted of tomato plants looking dead with frost-bitten fruit. OF COURSE they’re dead. It’s mid-OCTOBER! Something tells me that if the shutdown had happened in July or August, we would not be seeing this story covered so well. Instead, it’d be GARDEN SHUT DOWN…. AND IT STILL LOOKS OK!

    • Rebecca Caley
    • 15th November 2016

    If it was summer the headline would be, “Giant eggplant hunts for its own food.”

    • Michele Owens
    • 15th November 2016

    Seriously, Obama Foodarama editor Eddie Gehman Kohan needs to check out MY garden, which is a complete mess after a tough year. Though FULL TO THE GILLS WITH FOOD.

    • Esther Montgomery
    • 15th November 2016

    There’s an air of desperation about the article which makes me want to creep into the garden to see what’s happening.

    • Rebecca Caley
    • 16th November 2016

    We should go steal their vegetables.

    • Christopher C NC
    • 16th November 2016

    I don’t weed my roadside vegetable garden for weeks or months at a time and it looks fine. The wood chip mulch is an amazing work saver.

    • Janet
    • 16th November 2016

    Give me a break. If she prized her garden that much, she would have been out there working in it. Gardening is easy when you have a paid staff to do everything for you.

    • Jeavonna Chapman
    • 16th November 2016

    The post told me that the writer of the Foodorama Blog is not a gardener. Very few weeds can take over an established garden in a week. The White House garden is both a display garden and a production garden. Yes, that does requrie a lot of maintenance and labor.

    • Of Gardens
    • 16th November 2016

    What a high maintenance garden if it becomes “wrecked” in two weeks…

    • greg draiss
    • 16th November 2016

    Tell that fake phony fraud to pull her own weeds.

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