Garden vote

first_imgBy Wayne J. McLaurinUniversity ofGeorgiaFor the past two years I’ve heard nothing but candidates voicingopinions, special interest groups being interviewed and the womenor men on the street giving their opinions. This is well andgood, but it doesn’t get me very excited about the issues.The issues I worry about may be different from others’.I used to hear some candidates mention big agriculture, but eventhat has vanished lately. And I’ve never heard anyone saying theywould make it a priority in their administration to control earlyblight on tomatoes.Where is the gardener vote? Are we the real silent majority?That can’t be. As anyone can attest, gardeners are never silent.You just have to hit the right button to get them started. Justask us, “How do you get that to grow?” And you can’t shut us up.Don’t we deserve to know if any of these so-called nationalcandidates can even grow a tomato, much less keep an Africanviolet blooming? Where’s the fig vote? (As if I care a fig.)Who can you trust?The last candidate I can remember doing any kind of gardening wasIke, and he just dug up the turf playing golf.Do you trust anyone who doesn’t get out in nature and communewith okra? Do they not have a soul for peppers? Have they neverlonged to harvest new potatoes and cook them up with parsleybutter?Maybe they’re just too busy going about their business. However,if they’re too busy for gardening, well, they’re just too busy.Period.Where would we gardeners be without that time communing withvegetables, fruits and flowers? Most of us would be lost or worse.Oh, yeah, I’m going to go vote. It’s my duty as an Americangardener. But I surely would like to know where the candidatesstand — in the furrow or on top of the row?(Wayne McLaurin is a professor emeritus of horticulture withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img

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