Plumb Lines

March 20, 2009

Gardens Bright with Sinuous Rills

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keith Staples @ 10:15 am

So the Obamas are planting a garden:

The Obamas will feed their love of Mexican food with cilantro, tomatilloes and hot peppers. Lettuces will include red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf and galactic. There will be spinach, chard, collards and black kale. For desserts, there will be a patch of berries. And herbs will include some more unusual varieties, like anise hyssop and Thai basil. A White House carpenter who is a beekeeper will tend two hives for honey.

Total cost for the seeds, mulch, etc., is $200.

The plots will be in raised beds fertilized with White House compost, crab meal from the Chesapeake Bay, lime and green sand. Ladybugs and praying mantises will help control harmful bugs.

Perhaps this is the president’s first concrete step “beyond the old divisions” towards a new Crunchy Consensus!

-Keith Staples

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