Baltimore's vegetable garden
When you garden, you are likely to step on a few blooms.
It looks like you can step on a few toes, too.
Mayor Sheila Dixon's decision to allow the city's Department of Parks and Recreation to plant vegetables ourside City Hall was met with delight from the folks at Our Daily Bread, who will benefit from the harvests.
But some noisy old crows came out to pick at the idea.
In a letter to the editor Robert Abramson implied that it was a waste of money, despite the fact that the seeds and most of the labor will be donated.
There was a real "fiddling while Rome burns," tone to his complaint.
City dweller Sam Sessa, who blogs on Midnight Sun, is convinced the pigeons will do all the harvesting as they did with his garden. And, in an e-mail to me, another reader said that the pollution in city will taint the vegetables and make the poor sick, and they will sue the city.
I am thinking that it is more likely that politics will taint this ambitious project. I am afraid if it fails - in even the smallest way - a political reason will be found for its failure.
Let's lighten up, people. Cities all over the country are planting vegetables in public places, most often to benefit the poor. They will meet with varying degrees of success and the gardeners will learn from their mistakes. Even a handful of tomatoes and peppers can ease someone's hunger.
If you want to find fault with such a decent enterprise, you should wear a "curmudgeon" sign around your neck.