Black is the new petunia
I saw the black and green ones everywhere last summer, but now Black Velvet is the big buzz. Black plants are tough. You want to like them, but a plant is not like a dress (sorry, Hort Couture). I don’t need my garden to look thinner, and a color that recedes as much as black is only going to be so useful. There is a reason Ball calls it combo-friendly. The universal green found in all gardens has always been enough of a quiet foil for me. (But who am I kidding; I’ll probably buy some of those damn black petunias just for fun. I won’t be able to resist.)
Gardening is legal in Utah
Was it in danger of becoming otherwise? Apparently so, because the Utah legislature just passed a Basic Right to Garden law (HB249), which prevents any federal takeover of family gardens. According to this article, it ensures that “Utahns who want to share their garden bounty with family, friends and other state residents should be free to do so.” The law reacts to the recent Food Safety Act—which does exempt home gardens, famers’ markets, and roadside stands—but the Utah legislature just wants to be on the safe side.
And that’s not all Utahns are worried about. During the same legislative session they passed a law that will encourage children to play outside.
Monsanto and the Obama administration. The feds have just fully approved Roundup Ready GMO alfalfa and Roundup Ready GMO sugar beets (joining RUR soy, cotton, and corn), despite the efforts of such groups as The Center for Food Safety, Food Democracy Now, the Organic Seed Alliance, the Sierra Club, and many other organizations who feel that the release of more glysophate into the environment, the resulting evolution of glysophate-resistent weeds, and the contamination and cross-pollination with other crops were all unacceptable results of this approval. These deregulations have been in play for a couple years. I don’t know as much about this issue as many others who have written about it; all I can say is that altering more and more of our food supply so we can spray lots more weed killer sounds like a bad idea to me.