Monday, December 09, 2013

Snow In The White House Kitchen Garden

four hoop houses are in the garden; kale is covered in snow
Most of the cold-season vegetables growing in the year-round plot are protected by hoop houses...
The White House - First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden was dusted with snow on Sunday as a storm moved through the nation's capital, leaving an inch of fluffy white stuff sticking in downtown DC.  

Winter vegetables are still growing in some of the 32 boxed beds, protected by four hoop houses that were placed in the garden at the end of November.  

The four aluminum hoops covered with plastic sheeting are designed to work as temporary, inexpensive greenhouses that capture solar heat to keep the soil from freezing.  

Kale, center, and yellow Swiss chard are outside the hoops
Inside the hoops are winter lettuces, red Swiss chard, spinach, Napa cabbage, Ruby onions, green onions and carrots.     

Some of the vegetables are outside the hoops, including a bed of Yellow Swiss chard, a big bed of kale, artichoke, and onions.

The artichoke plant, at right, with snow
Herbs that were growing in the garden when the hoops were installed are now gone, including cilantro, rosemary, thyme, and a hearty, tall bay tree.
The vegetables currently growing in the 1,500 square-foot plot were transplanted into the garden a few weeks after Mrs. Obama's Fall harvest event on Oct. 30th.  

The garden in November, when the hoops were first installed
The Sunday storm was the second snow of the season, but the first to stick on the ground.  It was replaced by sleet and then rain by Sunday evening.  More snow is predicted for Tuesday.

Mrs. Obama's showcase plot has survived far worse snow storms, including back-to-back monsters in the winter of 2010, which dropped record levels on the District.

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*Photos by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama