Plants vs. Zombies - Themed Gardening

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Wendy Brown

There's a popular computer game out these days, which my young suburbanites enjoy playing, called "Plants vs. Zombies." The premise is that there has been a zombie apocalypse, and suburban homeowners (because based on the graphics, it's definitely in the suburbs) have discovered that certain plants can effectively ward against the zombie advances.

Sunflowers give energy to the homeowner. Pea plants shoot peas (and the frozen peas are particularly lethal, although I've never, personally, planted frozen peas). Squash plants, fittingly, "squash" the Zombies. Potatoes are "mines" which blow up the zombies.

I don't know if it's just our culture, or, if perhaps, there's a little too much apocalyptic talk in my house, but my teenager seems fixated on all things undead, including, especially, zombies (and vampires, too). Her favorite movie is Zombieland (starring Woody Harrelson), and she loves playing the game Plants vs. Zombies.

She's also very creative, and today, she comes up to me with a diagram she had drawn on a piece of paper. On the diagram are columns labeled and illustrated with plants she feels would be appropriate in each row.

"Mom," she begins. "Can I grow a Plants vs. Zombies garden?"

I look at her diagram, which has sunflowers, peas, potatoes and corn, and immediately take her out to the garden to show her which raised bed will be our line of defense against the advancing hordes. She has most of the seeds she will need for her garden, collected, mostly, as gifts from friends who know we garden, and I give her a couple of others. I offer a couple of suggestions and leave her to her planting.

Some kids plant butterfly gardens. Some kids plant pizza gardens. My girl? Plants a anti-Zombie garden. I'm really looking forward to the end of July when her garden will be in full bloom - for pictures of a real-life Plants vs. Zombies garden.

As silly as it may seem, her passion will produce something very useful to us, and as homeschoolers, we always try to encourage our children's passions - especially if it means that I don't have to dig and plant another garden bed.

Monday 30 May 2011 02:18:45 pm

Wendy Brown

So, what are we to think when a serious social organization like the CDC starts talking about preparing for a zombie apocalypse (check out their article here: blunk.

Monday 30 May 2011 04:26:04 pm

Portable Graffiti

What an exciting and fun garden. I can't wait to see the photos.

Monday 30 May 2011 05:20:06 pm

Mark Fredericks

This game is fun and I've thought it a possible future if we keep treating the earth like an endless resource.

I saw a note on facebook about a free New Society book if we reply here?

Monday 30 May 2011 05:31:08 pm

Eric Brown

Leave it to the CDC to try and play along just to sell it's same old message. We are truly a "zombie culture", clearly incapable of thinking for ourselves. I am glad they are here to tell us to prepare ahead of time, to keep us safe.

Monday 30 May 2011 06:01:27 pm