What do you think about the 1100 square foot garden being planted on the White House lawn? The Obamas are truly listening to some of the progressive voices calling for more responsible land stewardship and the use of locally grown food and local food markets!
Our tiny (maybe 150 square feet) garden is part of our contribution to food sustainability, along with our CSA membership, use of farmer's markets, and visits to pick-your-own farms. I'm excited and gratified to take these small steps. Our garden is a joint project with another couple. Their almost 13-year-old son stopped by the other day to check out the project his parents have been talking about. His reaction: "It looks like a garden!" High praise indeed. We have achieved at least part of our goal. Now we await food production.
Silas and I took on a little project this week that makes it look even more like a garden---making labels for the various things we are growing. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so we used construction paper, markers, a laminator, and old wire hangers that were destined to be donated to a local dry cleaner. I cut the hangers into 8" lengths, then coiled the lengths of wire to form paperclips. It turns out these cute clips don't really show once the stakes are in the ground, but at least I know they are cute.
Here are some pic's of the project in process and completed.
Beautifully sprouted, but not yet labeled.
Wire hanger paper clips and laminated signs. Cute, huh?
I love Silas' contribution!