3.24.2009

i'm moving in...

with the obama family. just for the summer, to enjoy all of the organic yumminess that will be coming out of the 1,100 square foot white house garden. check out this list of crops: squash, beans, lettuce, berries, arugula, spinach, chard, black kale, basil, cilantro, peppers, snap peas, carrots, onions, tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos and more (55 different fruit & veggie varieties total). they're even keeping bees to make their own honey.  

it's the first time that a garden has been planted at the white house in 60 years--the last to do so was eleanor roosevelt. this simple fact is astounding to me. my parents always grew veggies while i was growing up, so it just seems so normal to me--in fact, not having a garden seems strange. 

this doesn't, of course, make me a good gardener by any means. if you have read this blog for awhile, you might recall that last year's garden at the valleygirl residence tanked in a big way. it may have had something to do with bringing home a baby, but i'm not convinced. we haven't had very good luck with a veggie garden in the entire 4 summers that we've lived here. 

this year will be different (i hope). we're moving the garden to the front yard where it will hopefully get more attention (and set a good example for the neighbors!). we're going to use a bunch of our compost dirt--we've got a lot of it now that we've been composting for over a year. we're also thinking drip systems to save water in the long run, without sacrificing our production. now, all that's left to do is pick up our plants and get them into the ground. i know we've got another month or so to go--but the obamas sure are making me feel like i'm just sitting around procrastinating!

now.  

you may also recall my years-long dream to grow a bounty of pumpkins and donate them to an inner-city school. be it from chickens, bunk seeds, crappy weather, or late-in-season planting... this dream has yet to work out. i am holding out big hope for this year, and am ready to start my seeds next week. cross your fingers, people. i need all the help i can get. 

1 comment:

Family Time said...

use egg shells when you plant the seeds of pumpkins...just poke a bunch of holes in the bottom of the egg and fill with dirt. We always get good pumpkins that way!