In my garden…

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The First Lady harvesting vegetables from a previous White House garden.

Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative is meant to spark discussion about healthy eating habits for children. Part of her initiative has involved the kitchen garden at the White House.

On Monday, the first lady was helped by school children from New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina in planting potatoes, spinach, broccoli, carrots, radishes and onions at her fourth annual spring planting. Children from local Washington D.C. schools also helped with the planting.

The children who were selected to help with the White House garden this year had written to Mrs. Obama about their own gardening experiences at school and in their community.

The vegetable garden is the first at the executive mansion since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden.

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If your prospects for planting a vegetable garden are limited by insufficient space or an unworkable area, consider the possibility of harvesting fresh, organic vegetables from containers. A window sill, a patio, a balcony or your back doorstep are all sufficient spaces for a container-based mini-garden. Poor soil conditions, weed control issues, and pest problems can all be overcome by growing a garden in containers. metaphysical

Almost any vegetable that grows well in a traditional garden will also do well in a container. Vegetables that are well-suited for container gardening include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, green onions, beans, lettuce, squash, radishes and parsley. I’ve also seen potatoes and asparagus successfully grown in a container garden. It doesn’t matter what kind of soil you have, because you’ll mix your own. This is extremely simple and requires just three ingredients.

* Peat Moss
* Compost
* Vermiculite

Just mix these three ingredients in equal proportions and you have the perfect soil for growing your veggies. The peat moss makes it light and loose; the vermiculite helps it retain moisture (necessary in our arid climate), and the compost loads the soil with the nutrients your plants need. These products can all be found at your local garden center, and the mixture can be placed in any kind of container you choose – just make sure it has adequate drainage.

Spring is rushing to greet us.

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