It's been 17 days since Mayor Sam Adams planted a victory garden outside city hall, and the results have been impressive. I caught up with OSU master gardener Jen Aron this morning as she was examining some chard leaves for some kind of mystery blight.

Actually, the chard isn't doing so well—the leaves have this weird-looking stuff on them. Nor is the organic broccoli—it's too hot, and Aron is worried it's going to "bolt," go to seed without producing. I remembered it was the mayor who planted the broccoli during the opening ceremony, and was trying to come up with an appropriate political metaphor during our conversation, but gave up. So has Aron. She's going to replace the broccoli with some tomatoes and peppers, and was a bit reluctant to have me write about the broccoli. But as I told her nobly and in the best spirit of public service, "I am here to write the truth." More importantly, LOOK AT THE LETTUCE! 17 days and it's shot up:
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The spinach, too...
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Aron says she is pleased at the respect being shown to the garden, so far.