We all needed a little good news on a rainy first day of spring - what a spirit-lifter to learn that Michelle Obama is digging up the White House lawn to plant a vegetable garden. Isn't it absolutely amazing to have an administration that actually listens to the American people?? We've been asking, and now she's digging....
And Michelle is not only planting the first White House veggie garden since Eleanor Roosevelt's WWII Victory Garden, she's doing it right. Here are a few highlights that struck me as particularly savvy...and worthy of emulation:
-The White House project began with the connection between cooking and the garden, with vegetables (55 different kinds!) chosen from the chefs' wish list. No beets - the President doesn't like them, but plenty of cilantro, hot peppers and tomatillos because the family loves Mexican food.
-The garden is all organic & planted on the South lawn (or what used to be the South lawn...) where passersby can enjoy watching the garden's progress.
-Greens are easy to grow and especially nutritious - the Obamas are planting spinach, chard, collards, and a variety of lettuces, including red romaine and green oak leaf.
-They've livened up the garden with a berry patch for dessert and bee hives for honey.
-The garden will be planted in raised beds, which helps drainage, makes harvesting SO much easier, and contains the abundance of vegetables attractively within their geometric shapes.
No, not the Obama's garden - just my little raised bed garden in Langley....