Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Needs Your Help Deciding What to Plant in Her Garden

The congresswoman might just have the world's best community garden after this.

Harvested vegetables, gardening gloves and hand cultivator garden
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Now that she's (at least somewhat) tackled the challenge of outfitting her D.C. apartment, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is looking outside the box—or, the house, that is. This weekend, the congresswoman again took to to ask for advice from her followers. This time, it was about what she should plant in her new community garden plot. Much like the open forum that ensued when she called for suggestions on how to furnish her apartment, replies to the politician's tweet ranged from the earnestly helpful to the sarcastic, punny, and just plain weird (please excuse me while I try to scrub my brain of the image of tiny Mitch McConnells growing from the earth).

AOC set off the chain with a pun, asking for sage (get it?) words of advice:

Happy Sunday! Excited to say I’m tending to a community garden plot for the next few months :)

It’s a 4x4 plot we get to tend to now through Sept.

Any green-thumbs out with sage🌱 words of advice?

What should I plant? (Ideally at least 1 edible thing but we can do flowers too)

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 7, 2019

Others were quick to match her wordplay:

It's about thyme!

— Rabbi Josh Yuter (@JYuter) April 7, 2019

Others offered holistic suggestions, like an argument for kale followed through to a complete recipe:

Then, kale chips:
Sprayed olive oil and salt,
375 degrees for 13 minutes in the oven.


— Kaitlin Curtice (@KaitlinCurtice) April 7, 2019

The bizarrely popular account @Turnip2020 took the opportunity to make his own case:

I would let you plant me any day, @AOC

— Turnip (@Turnip2020) April 7, 2019

And make it again:

Make some more of me

— Turnip (@Turnip2020) April 7, 2019

Several people made the case for basil, because it's the primary ingredient in pesto and, well, pesto is the best:

Herbs would be easy and you'll be able to enjoy your bounty all year! Basil is seriously easy and homemade pesto is the best

— Buffy the Psych Prof (@DrPsyBuffy) April 7, 2019

Some offered more practical advice on what to plant together:

Make sure and look up ‘partner pairings’. Some plants grow better together & some slow each other down. Also, make sure you’ve got marigolds. Great for pests.

— Girl Henry Rollins🏴 (@girlhenryrollns) April 8, 2019

And, of course, people were looking out for the bees:

Native plants that attract bees for pollinating. Our library just hosted a beekeeping class on Friday and they said that's the best thing, aside from buying local honey, a non beekeeper can do.

— Book Jockey (@AngelaLovesNY) April 7, 2019

We're pretty into this "salsa garden" idea (hold the cilantro, obviously, if you're not a monster).

Plant a salsa garden; tomatoes, onion, jalapeños garlic and cilantro. Add chips and it’s a party!

— Kristen Evans (@Kris10withaK) April 8, 2019

And then we got to this and had to leave for the day:

Mitch McConnell

— The Dishonorable Brett M. Kavanaugh’s alter ego (@FHOTUS6) April 7, 2019

Happy gardening, AOC!

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