A seemingly oddly timed tweet came from the FLOTUS twitter account recenlty, displaying a professional-looking batch of beautiful and (apparently) just harvested batch of cabbage and broccoli grown in the First Lady’s garden that sits just adjacent to the White House. The fact it is now the middle of winter/end of January, gives one pause looking over the photo. Beyond the impressively healthy looking vegetables on display, one can’t help but notice how green the grass also appears. Washington D.C. has had a reasonably cold winter – with nighttime lows regular dipping to below freezing. Either Michelle Obama is utilizing a very well staffed (and thus expensive) green house operation, or this photo is yet another example of an odd “Why would they lie about that?” moment by the Obama White House.
Both cabbage and broccoli are late harvest vegetables, and can withstand cooler temps, but could such incredible specimens as the ones being shown off by Michelle Obama at the end of January be possible growing in the now well-publicized outdoor patch of garden during a Washington D.C. winter? (And that is about the cleanest batch of just-picked veggies I have ever seen as well)
Perhaps those experienced gardeners out there can provide some further insight into this situation. Either Michelle Obama’s staff are in fact, very good gardeners, or we have the makings of Cabbage-Gate…