Earlier today First Lady Michelle Obama led the groundbreaking for the new White House vegetable garden. The new 1,000 square foot garden is the first garden in at least eight years.
(The Clintons had a rooftop garden on the White House many years before rooftop gardens became a rapidly spreading (and very good) trend.)
FarmFed also has a larger photo gallery of the event, showing more than the “official” pictures on the above-linked White House web site.
It appears that they’re planting right in the ground; a “flat garden” in other words. It’s easier and more productive to grow food in a raised bed. Given that the planting season is almost under way, they may want to plan ahead to build the beds next year.
• Texas A&M Extension document on planning and building raised beds.
• University of Wisconsin Horticulture Dept. has good pictures of raised beds and other gardening approaches.
• WikiHow also provides good instructions on how to construct a raised planting bed.
(h/t Milwaukee Renaissance)