Victory Garden: Obama Inspiration

June 14, 2009

Not unlike many households in America, we find ourselves following the Obama family with interest. Perhaps it’s because we share some commonalities: we have two small girls, we are multi-racial, and the girls desperately want a puppy (nope, not gonna happen). We are also trying to eat more locally grown, organic produce.

Miss D. came home from school this spring all a-buzz about the Victory Garden the Obamas were planting.

“Can we plant a victory garden this year, Mama?” she asked.

Miss M. overheard her sister’s plea and seconded the vote.

Problem is, I have a black thumb. I kill living green things. No lie, I even killed a cactus once. It’s that bad. But it’s pretty hard when faced with enthusiasm like this.

Oh boy.

The Obama victory garden is, of course, a much more grandiose affair. We don’t have 1100 square feet to plant on, we don’t have beehives and beekeepers, and we certainly don’t have hordes of volunteers clamoring to do such thrilling tasks as spread shit and yank up weeds.

But the great news is, we have lovely, generous neighbors who also happen to have two girls, a mixed race family, and an interest in all things Obama.

They wanted to plant a Victory Garden, too. And after a little negotiating, we came up with a pretty swell plan. The K Family (and welcome to brand new baby boy G who is joining the girls!) next door offered to grow the veggies, and we agreed to focus on herbs.

I put mint IN the garden, which is probably a bad idea. If it threatens to take over, we may need to find a new home for it.

I found some cool varieties of Thai basil, and since both families love Asian food, that went in. Along with flat leaf parsley, italian basil, rosemary, cilantro and chives.

The K family planted broccoli, which looks pretty cool.

They also planted zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, and some dang gorgeous peppers.

And my favorite flower in the entire world.

Did I mention how blessed we are to have such amazing neighbors? So welcome to the K-T Victory Garden. The garden has 4 eager little workers waiting to get their hands dirty this summer and hopefully try some new, fresh produce. And at the rate the rain’s been falling, it looks like it might be a bumper crop year.

We will keep you posted.

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