Breaking ground for the White House garden has occurred

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.

Extra Links:

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)


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

One thought on “Breaking ground for the White House garden has occurred”

  1. Really suprised to see Ms Obama start an old-school garden that wastes water, offers poor yields, promotes topsoil erosion, and reduces oxygen producing grass.

    Its a shame that they didn’t read on modern gardening and install a nice square-foot garden. A square-foot garden uses 20% of the space and 10% of the water of a traditional garden, but with 100% of the yield. Not to mention they look far nicer.

    Its much easier to convince Americans to install a 3- or 4-foot box of food than the monstrosity they’re building in the South Lawn. Especially since theres no digging or tilling involved.

    Also, the WH garden is not organic as it doen’t meet federal standards for organic. Use of the the term organic by the WH is likely a violation of federal law.

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