Eden on the Potomac
The amazing magical garden of Michelle Obama was harvested with the help of school children yesterday after a miraculous growing season of less than 3 months.
Gardeners everywhere cannot fail to be impressed by this fantastic triumph of gardening.
Students join Michelle Obama in harvesting garden
Together the group harvested 73 pounds of lettuce and 12 pounds of peas from the 1,100-square-foot, L-shaped plot on the South Lawn.
Assistant White House chef Sam Kass said the garden has also produced beans, kale, collard greens, chard and herbs. He said the kitchen had been serving the beans from the garden every other day and herbs every night.
Typical Bounty from the Miracle Plot
Wags who might question the phenomenal fecundity of the garden simply ignore the vast teaching moment offered by it.
To this end there were Remarks by the First Lady at the White House Garden Harvest Party via The White House - Press Office. Here are some excerpts harvested verbatim from the transcript. Note the role of the children.
MRS OBAMA: Like adults, kids have a very simple approach to food. What do you guys like about food? If it tastes good, right?
MRS. OBAMA: If it tastes good, you'll eat it, right? You don't care what it is! How many people pulled a snap pea off the vine and ate it today? And it was pretty good, right?
MRS. OBAMA: And by making this whole process fun -- and we've got some advantage because we have the White House, right? It's fun being here, right?
MRS. OBAMA: I'm going to miss you over the summer, but this garden will be here, and we're going to keep doing more around the garden. So by the time you're in 6th grade and 7th grade -- I never want you to get too old or too cool to come back and see me in this garden. You promise?
Meanwhile a commenter @ Garden Variety: Harvesting at the White House Kitchen Garden by The Baltimore Sun's Susan Reimer asks,
"I've been gardening for years and I live in the Baltimore area but how did The White House get mature veggies in 60 days? I know beans/peas grow quickly but full heads of lettuce too? I only have a few "baby" tomatoes and peppers at this point that won't be ready to harvest until mid-late July."
That person obviously failed to get the memo, "With Obama All Things Are Possible." Reimer, who writes on gardens for the Sun and might be presumed to know something about it, simply gushes, "This is the same garden the school children and the First Lady planted in April and the abundance was impressive." Good Democrat. Cookie for you.Posted by Vanderleun at June 17, 2009 10:42 AM