It is helpful if you know what a carrot seedling, turnip seedling, etc looks like in it’s early stages. Otherwise, you have to wait until they grow into something you recognize before you thin them out.
Here I am with Suzanne Lewis. We are going to give you a little tour of the mansion’s vegetable garden and show you how it all came together.
This is the layout of the garden. As you can see, you don’t have to be limited to squares and rectangles. We followed the natural curve of the bed and allowed the shape to match the other planting areas around it. What you see is mostly greens; lettuces, kale, collards and chard. If you notice, there is an oak tree in the background which gave us a few shade issues. The more shady area and the time of year naturally lent itself to planting greens.
Once we established the rows, we placed the plants around to get an idea of spacing and what plants we wanted where. This is Suzanne putting the first plant in the soil. That is always an exciting time, full of great expectations!
I just thought I would let you see Mrs. O’Malley and Chef Canby getting in on the action.
Well, that concludes our tour. I hope you enjoyed it. Join us throughout the summer to see our progress.
This past weekend, Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners were asked to help the first lady, Katie O’Malley, plant a vegetable garden at the Governor’s Mansion. We went to the mansion on Tuesday to do the prep work and to do a majority of the planting. We left one end of the garden, as well as four containers, to be planted during the media event on Saturday. The weather was great and we were greeted by the chef, Medford Canby, who was carrying a plate of freshly baked muffins!
Along with the Master Gardener volunteers, their were volunteers from the Department of Agriculture and their children. We were able to invite four people who attended the Grow It It Eat It seminars that we gave back in March. They were all new to the world of vegetable gardening and they were able to get some hands-on experience.
If you find yourself walking in Annapolis, stop by and take a look. It is located right next to the infamous fountain. As it turns out, there was a victory garden located in the same place during WW II. Next time, I’ll give you a tour of what we planted.
I feel that I should thank the businesses that donated to the project. River Hill Nursery in Clarksville donated plants and seeds, Bowen’s Farm Supply in Annapolis donated plants and potting soil And Knopp’s Farm in Severn donated plants.