Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Check out this video from www.whitehouse.gov. (Hope it works - this is my first video post.)

Looks like I am not the only one putting in more garden space this year. For those of you not familiar with the White House Kitchen Garden, it is a fabulous project of the first lady's which I hope is making it classy to grow edibles again. I think one of the reasons we have such poor diets in our society is that it has become so low-class to grow your own food; edible gardens have to be hidden in the backyard, must cost more than the money you save from them, and must be treated as a quirky hobby rather than a cheap, convenient means of feeding your family healthy food. Many thanks to Michelle Obama for increasing the social acceptability of a once-standard practice!

Some of you may remember some reports last year about dangerous lead levels in the soil of the white house garden. (You might have heard it from me...sigh.) Turns out this was a bit of a tempest in a teakettle.


  1. Well, that is good news that there is not all of that lead in the ground near the White House, but I can't believe it is as good as living in more rural states. You should have a survey of what readers think the lead level is for your garden, and then test the soil and post the results!

  2. Look at you with your video link- both organic gardening and technology savvy!
    I miss giving you my veggie scraps and contributing to the growing abundance that is your yard.

  3. Aww, thanks Matty, I miss having your veggie scraps. A is going to bring me the last can of scraps from him and RM and then I will have to make do with my own meager produce remains!