The First Garden, which according to The Washington Post, can be seen by passersby, will encompass 1,100 square feet, and over the course of the growing season will include 55 kinds of vegetables.
The spring plan includes extensive beds of leafy greens such as red and green romaine lettuce, butterhead lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, and collards, plus radishes, carrots, shallots, onions, broccoli, and lots of shell and sugar snap peas. It also lists herbs – fennel, sorrel, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, marjoram, chives, chamomile, garlic chives, hyssop, dill, cilantro, and parsley. I’m happy to see that flowers – nasturtium, marigolds, and zinnias – will edge the main walkways as these will attract pollinating insects to the area. Plus they wisely show a separate bed, aside of the main garden, for fast spreading mint.
I hope the White House releases regular photos showing the progress of their garden as it will be fun to watch how well Michelle’s garden grows, as well as the planned layout of late season crops.
Do you think the next step will be to plan a First Greenhouse so the White House staff can supply the first family with leafy greens and other cold hardy plants throughout the winter?