A Kitchen Garden on the White House Lawn

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First Lady Michelle Obama works with kids from Washingtons Bancroft Elementary School to break ground for a White House garden.
Image courtesy of eattheview.org.
Image courtesy of eattheview.org.
First Lady Michelle Obama works with kids from Washingtons Bancroft Elementary School to break ground for a White House garden.Click To Enlarge

First Lady Michelle Obama works with kids from Washington's Bancroft Elementary School to break ground for a White House garden.

Photo: White House/Joyce N. Boghosian

Yes, it has come to pass, and fittingly, on the first day of spring. This morning, First Lady Michelle Obama, with the help of fifth graders from a local school, will break ground for a 1,100-square-foot kitchen garden on the White House lawn. The garden, a modern version of Eleanor Roosevelt's Depression-era Victory Garden, will feed the Obama family and provide food for formal dinners. It will also serve as an example to the nation that growing your own food is well worth the effort.

Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International and Alice Waters, chef and founder of Chez Panisse, have long advocated such a garden, and we are delighted to see their dream become a reality.

White House garden plan
Situated on the White House South Lawn, the garden will have raised beds and be organically fertilized and tended. Cost for the seed, mulch, and materials is just $200, says The New York Times.
Are you a first-time kitchen gardener too? VegetableGardener.com can help:

9 Reasons to Start a Vegetable Garden
• How to Start a Kitchen Garden
• Planning Your First Vegetable Garden
Video: How to Start a Vegetable Garden, Part 1
The Starter Garden
A Starter Compost Heap
Getting Ready to Garden
It's Time to Start Planning
Seed Starting Strategies

 


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Comments (4)

ShawnDavis writes: Great work done..
Posted: 2:04 am on October 26th
Ruth writes: Yikes, you're right. How could they not plant tomatoes??? Here's a little post on the topic: http://organicgardening.about.com/b/2009/03/27/tomatoes-and-the-white-house-garden.htm
Posted: 11:48 am on April 6th
mgervais writes: But where are the tomatoes???
Posted: 3:57 pm on March 26th
ShirleyBovshow writes: This is great news! I hope that it will be a source of inspiration for many people to try growing some of their own food.
Shirley
Posted: 12:09 pm on March 21st
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