The publicity surrounding the White House garden just hit The New York Times yesterday, and is spreading like wildfire among avid vegetable gardeners. We took a peak at the layout as spec’d by Assistant White House Chef, Sam Kass.
To figure out exactly what he had in mind, we recreated the White House vegetable garden layout on Plangarden (click on image):
It’s fabulous to see that the beds will have good companion flowers like marigolds and nasturtiums to attract beneficial insect and pollinators. The choice of crops appears to be weighted to those plants most likely to succeed, esp. in the hands of school children who are going to be involved in planting and maintaining it. However,
- There’s way too much spinach! How about some easy-to-grow bok choi? And once July comes around, the four beds of spinach will have to be replaced by something, hopefully a light-feeding, heat-tolerant veggie. Perhaps a late harvest heirloom tomato.
- Speaking of which … where are the TOMATOES? What about potatoes? Bush and pole beans? Cucumbers? Bell peppers? Green onions? Corn? Gosh, these are no-brainer, sure success veggies. Malia and Sasha are sure to enjoy cherry tomatoes through the early autumn.
- With all that nitrogen-hungry spinach, crop rotation has got to be in the plan as well. We suggest that at least two different plans are created: one for early, and one for mid-season. The First Family is sure to enjoy garlic in their meals, so that’s a good one to plant in October.
- We seem to be missing items mentioned in the NYTimes article like the tomatillos, hot peppers and basil. An oversight, perhaps.
So what do you think about Sam Kass’ proposed layout?