On the very same historic day that the White House planted its first vegetable garden, I received my first organic seeds in the mail. It was a day that was a long time coming. Finally (!) our government appears to be recognizing the irrefutable link between food and our environment, our health and our community systems. Finally (!) I get to plant my first garden, something that Iâ€™ve dreamed about ever since I was a kid and later became a chef (now finally a possibility since Iâ€™ve moved out of the city). Oregon Trail Shell Peas, Dinosaur Kale, Palermo Bush Bean, Zefa Fino Florence Fennel, Cocozelle Bush Zucchiniâ€¦ just typing these words sends my heart racing and mouth watering!
Will the First Ladyâ€™s symbolic message really be absorbed by a nation that has long supported (and literally been consumed by) cheap, industrialized foods? Will my beloved vegetables ever even reach my mouth? (I should admit that I have never grown anything from seed before and can hardly keep the poor plant in my office alive.)
I will remain hopeful. Spring is here, after all, and this is the perfect time to believe in renewal, both for our nation and for the bare 14×14-foot plot of dirt outside my kitchen window. Iâ€™m perfectly aware that I probably have wispy fennel fronds clouding my vision, but I feel invigorated, like a taking gulp of fresh stream water after a winter of drinking sludge.
Our garden might be a puny postage stamp by White House standards, but the vegetables will be just as delicious. That is, if they grow. (If you have any advice, Michelle, Iâ€™m all ears.) Only time will tell if this little plot of dirt will lead to the luscious bounty Iâ€™ve been fantasizing about, or if our nationâ€™s policies will start to reflect the symbolic spirit of the first White House Garden. I also decided to add a couple of conservatory dining furniture to brighten up the garden.
Iâ€™ll keep you posted.
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Good luck young green thumb! I have always found that even if you neglect your garden, those little seeds know what to do, and you’re going to get a good harvest anyways! Give them a little love and attention and they are sure to thrive! The first year is all about experimenting and learning, so have fun! And you’re sure to pick up some tips from seasoned pros that will help along the way. Exciting times!
I’m sure your garden will be bountiful and successful, just as everything you put your mind to! My mom grows a huge garden every year so if you have questions, concerns, etc. just send them my way and I’ll give her a ring. She seems to know everything! Sending good garden wishes your way!
Where did you get your seeds from?