Organic gardening is one of those pastimes where everyone involved wins.  It doesn't matter if you have many acres and a harvest large enough to feed your family, or if you keep a few containers on a patio to help supplement your regular grocery purchases.  The earth gets a few more plants, the soil gets richer, kids learn about food, science and hard work, and adults get something beautiful to look at, some money savings, and some really nutritious food.  Of course it can be alot of work, but the payoff is so great.  Gardening even becomes addicting, and many gardeners find their plots growing larger and more diverse each year!

A family garden can be a HUGE educational tool, for kids of all ages.  Even a small herb garden grown on a windowsill or a few plants in a container garden can be a springboard for learning about germination, photosynthesis, the water cycle, gardening techniques, healthy eating, insects, composting, etc.....

The White House lawn was the recipient of a new vegetable garden this week, thanks to Michelle Obama.  The first lady brought in a team of students from a nearby school to help with the planting, and they will be back for some weeding and harvesting.  Her purpose?  To provide nourishment for her family and education for the kids.  It doesn't get any better than that!

When Elenor Roosevelt kept a vegtable garden, she inspired millions of Americans to follow her example and plant gardens of their own.  Will Mrs. Obama's garden have the same impact in these troubling times? 

Are you planning a garden this year?  Spring is here, time to start planning.  I would LOVE to hear your gardening plans.



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Mar. 23, 2009 at 6:02 PM It is a good example - I would love to have a big garden, but we live in the woods (little sun), so the best I can do is a tomato plant and herb garden on the back porch.

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Mar. 23, 2009 at 6:06 PM

I thought it was a wonderful example... I just wonder what kind of negative spin the Obama haters will manage to put on this story.

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Mar. 23, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Anouck the only thing negative I could think of was that she won't have to do most of the work - the White House staff will.  For most people, gardening will be very laborious in order for them to get a decent yield.

Thank you both for reading and replying!

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Mar. 23, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Yeah, that's pretty much my problem... With a full time job and a 7 month old, not much time left in the day. Plus, unfortunately, I have a black thumb, heh.

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Mar. 25, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Anouck ~ Try using coffee grinds and egg shells in your garden, the nitrogen level is supposedly offset by these two household garbage throw aways.  I sprinkle through out the summer season on my garden.

Yes.  I plant a garden every year.  My father and grandfather had the biggest baddest gardens besides us planting a potato patch. We reaped vegetables coming out our ears!

Yes.  I know how to survive off the land, which is going to be essential in the next decade to come.

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