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(NBC Washington)   Michelle Obama to plant an organic vegetable garden on South grounds of the White House, also installing giant Keith Olbermann scarecrow to keep Republicans out of their arugula   (nbcwashington.com) divider line
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2009-03-19 02:53:43 PM  
*insert racist watermelon joke here*
 
2009-03-19 02:54:46 PM  
WTF? The writer was going for satire, right?
 
2009-03-19 03:10:07 PM  
Bring back the American Victory Garden!
 
2009-03-19 03:10:40 PM  

Hung Like A Tic-Tac: WTF? The writer was going for satire, right?


Yes, it's a writer from Wonkette. That said, her pigeon meat thing fell a little flat since pigeons are actually quite good to eat if you believe the rest of the world.
 
2009-03-19 03:12:22 PM  
Shouldn't be any problem finding manure.
 
2009-03-19 03:13:30 PM  
Reminiscent of Eleanor Roosevelt, nice. I'm liking Michelle Obama more and more.
 
2009-03-19 03:16:43 PM  
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Atta girl!
 
2009-03-19 03:24:15 PM  

exick: Hung Like A Tic-Tac: WTF? The writer was going for satire, right?

Yes, it's a writer from Wonkette. That said, her pigeon meat thing fell a little flat since pigeons are actually quite good to eat if you believe the rest of the world.


Squab is pretty tasty, but it's not quite the same as that feathered rat you see in most urban areas.
 
2009-03-19 03:24:24 PM  
now, how will the fark independents™ spin this one negatively....
 
2009-03-19 03:25:20 PM  

FlashHarry: now, how will the fark independents™ spin this one negatively....


Organic!!! They be taking our megacorps jerbs!!!
 
2009-03-19 03:29:18 PM  
Next week: Department of Agriculture announces Michelle Obama receives federal subsidy to take south lawn out of production.

Week after: Congress passes special 90% tax on Obama's farming subsidies
 
2009-03-19 03:31:27 PM  
Organic, but she can't undo the pesticides and fertilizers used by past Presidents.
 
2009-03-19 03:31:34 PM  
This would be awesome.
 
2009-03-19 03:35:28 PM  

FlashHarry: now, how will the fark independents™ spin this one negatively....


Why does Obama hate chemical companies?

Why doesn't Obama support Big Agriculture?

Communists grow their own food. Clearly Obama is an America-hating Communist.
 
2009-03-19 03:37:55 PM  
Well that was moderately funny

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2009-03-19 03:38:36 PM  
Anybody recommend a good organic pesticide?


Difficulty: Florida
 
2009-03-19 03:48:35 PM  

gimmeafarkinname: Anybody recommend a good organic pesticide?


Difficulty: Florida


Tobacco juice.
 
2009-03-19 03:49:40 PM  

FlashHarry: now, how will the fark independents™ spin this one negatively....


Oh, as if the picture of a black woman working in the yard of the "White" House won't be enough.

/I just hope she doesn't plant cotton.
 
2009-03-19 03:52:45 PM  

gimmeafarkinname: Anybody recommend a good organic pesticide?


Difficulty: Florida


What kind of pests in particular do you wish to target?
 
2009-03-19 03:53:00 PM  

2wolves: gimmeafarkinname: Anybody recommend a good organic pesticide?


Difficulty: Florida

Tobacco Tomacco juice.


FTFY.
 
2009-03-19 03:53:10 PM  

abb3w: Bring back the American Victory Garden!


Indeed.
 
2009-03-19 03:57:33 PM  
PurplePimpSaber What kind of pests in particular do you wish to target?


Tomato plants is what I'm aiming to protect so a partial list might include

whiteflys, hornworms, fruitworms, aphids, leafminers, pinworms, stinkbugs, loopers, cutworms...
 
2009-03-19 04:05:30 PM  

gimmeafarkinname: PurplePimpSaber What kind of pests in particular do you wish to target?


Tomato plants is what I'm aiming to protect so a partial list might include

whiteflys, hornworms, fruitworms, aphids, leafminers, pinworms, stinkbugs, loopers, cutworms...


Then do NOT use tobacco juice...tobacco is a great natural insecticide, but it will kill members of the nightshade family (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, etc.).

Limonene, a citrus essential oil, could be a good choice. Just don't go overboard, as excess concentrations will kill the meristem of any plant. Garlic sprays are also quite effective as repellents.
 
2009-03-19 04:07:36 PM  
PurplePimpSaber Useful info

Cool, thanks a bunch.
 
2009-03-19 04:23:10 PM  
And then the next Republican president can tear it out and put in a DDT mister.

\Just like Reagan did with Carter's solar panels
 
2009-03-19 04:30:32 PM  

gimmeafarkinname: PurplePimpSaber Useful info

Cool, thanks a bunch.


A lot of your insect and mammal problems can be solved by planting partner crops that will repel the pests. Any member of the allium family (garlic, onions, leeks) is good. Certain herbs are good repellants (basil comes to mind, and besides, you want some fresh basil to go with those fresh tomatoes, right?). Horseradish works well too.

As an aside, I love strawberry season in Florida...not just for the berries, but also for the fresh onions they use as a border crop to keep the mammals out. Strawberry onions are out of this world.
 
2009-03-19 04:33:52 PM  

The Icelander: And then the next Republican president can tear it out and put in a DDT mister.

\Just like Reagan did with Carter's solar panels


Am I weird if I'm excited about her garden and angry that I can't use DDT?
 
2009-03-19 04:49:38 PM  
PurplePimpSaber:

Certain herbs are good repellants (basil comes to mind, and besides, you want some fresh basil to go with those fresh tomatoes, right?). Horseradish works well too.

As an aside, I love strawberry season in Florida...not just for the berries, but also for the fresh onions they use as a border crop to keep the mammals out. Strawberry onions are out of this world.

Actually I've got the tomato plants potted in the middle of my herb garden (3 basil, 2 oregano, 2 parsley,1 marjoram, 1 mint, 2 rosemary, 1 thyme and 2 datils) so maybe I'll get some positive effects from that.

Incidentally, a quick google under limonene didn't bring up a pasticide per se, are they out there or is it easier to find in another department, like cleaning supplies?

TIA
 
2009-03-19 04:50:26 PM  
or pesticide either
 
2009-03-19 04:51:52 PM  

FlashHarry: now, how will the fark independents™ spin this one negatively....


Well, I am a republican, but I will try:

Flash Harry is a douchenozzle.

What did I win?
 
2009-03-19 04:52:19 PM  

PurplePimpSaber: Horseradish works well too.


And marigolds around the borders.
 
2009-03-19 04:52:36 PM  

Shryke: Well, I am a republican


No freakin' shiat...
 
2009-03-19 04:53:14 PM  
Will they have a Miss Precious Perfect scarecrow also?
 
2009-03-19 04:53:53 PM  

filth: Am I weird if I'm excited about her garden


That's for the police to decide.
 
2009-03-19 04:54:17 PM  
I'd say Sara K. Smith better start sending out some resumes.
 
2009-03-19 04:55:14 PM  

gimmeafarkinname: Anybody recommend a good organic pesticide?


Difficulty: Florida


Bigger pests
 
2009-03-19 04:56:32 PM  
1. Victory garden = YAY
2. organic = Booo
3. Headline = meh
4. Article = CRAP (its not funny sweetie, sorry).


*sighs* Sometimes the Obamas are even too pansy assed yuppie for me. Really? Organic vegetable garden?
 
2009-03-19 04:58:45 PM  

Katie98_KT: 1. Victory garden = YAY
2. organic = Booo
3. Headline = meh
4. Article = CRAP (its not funny sweetie, sorry).


*sighs* Sometimes the Obamas are even too pansy assed yuppie for me. Really? Organic vegetable garden?


i agree with this 150%
 
2009-03-19 04:59:23 PM  

Katie98_KT: *sighs* Sometimes the Obamas are even too pansy assed yuppie for me. Really? Organic vegetable garden?


Bleh. Better living through chemistry, as far as I'm concerned.

If it helps the environment, fine...as long as it's as cheap or cheaper than the chemical alternative.
 
2009-03-19 05:00:08 PM  

gimmeafarkinname:

Incidentally, a quick google under limonene didn't bring up a pasticide per se, are they out there or is it easier to find in another department, like cleaning supplies?

TIA


Here's a quick google result (new window)
 
2009-03-19 05:01:56 PM  

IXI Jim IXI: Katie98_KT: *sighs* Sometimes the Obamas are even too pansy assed yuppie for me. Really? Organic vegetable garden?

Bleh. Better living through chemistry, as far as I'm concerned.

If it helps the environment, fine...as long as it's as cheap or cheaper than the chemical alternative.


fair enough. I have no problem with the idea of REDUCING pesticides. And cheap/cheaper than the chemical alternative and works just a well, fine. I mean, there's a lot of things we can learn from more 'natural' methods of doing things.

But frankly, as someone who has gardened, whose family gardens, though admittedly we're NOT farmers by any stretch of the imagination, I CANNOT see how you can possibly grow decent vegetables without SOME modern pesticides and fertilizers UNLESS you spend your entire life babying one little plant. Are you going to pick off the bugs by hand or something?
 
2009-03-19 05:03:26 PM  

Katie98_KT: 1. Victory garden = YAY
2. organic = Booo
3. Headline = meh
4. Article = CRAP (its not funny sweetie, sorry).


*sighs* Sometimes the Obamas are even too pansy assed yuppie for me. Really? Organic vegetable garden?


I don't really see the problem with having an organic garden. Is there something about not using pesticides that bothers you? Perhaps the negative cultural connotations are just overwhelming, what with the "pansy assed yuppie" bit and all.
 
2009-03-19 05:03:32 PM  
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Fark you, plant! You think you're better than me, plant?!
 
2009-03-19 05:04:22 PM  

Katie98_KT: Really? Organic vegetable garden?


Is there something wrong with having one?

And why do you associate it with "yuppies?"
 
2009-03-19 05:04:27 PM  

Katie98_KT: Are you going to pick off the bugs by hand or something?


She will hire someone else to pick the bugs off. It's part of the stimulus plan (p583).
 
2009-03-19 05:05:07 PM  
why has nobody posted that racist postcard of the watermelon garden on the white house lawn?
 
2009-03-19 05:05:42 PM  

Philip J. Fry: Katie98_KT: Are you going to pick off the bugs by hand or something?

She will hire someone else to pick the bugs off. It's part of the stimulus plan (p583).


hahaha. Its certainly a better use of our time than digging holes and filling them again. I approve. ;)
 
2009-03-19 05:05:59 PM  
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2009-03-19 05:06:08 PM  
Peter Griffin approves.

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/of course its hotlinked
 
2009-03-19 05:06:41 PM  

Katie98_KT: I CANNOT see how you can possibly grow decent vegetables without SOME modern pesticides and fertilizers UNLESS you spend your entire life babying one little plant. Are you going to pick off the bugs by hand or something?


It's really pretty easy, to be honest.
 
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