How to create a kitchen garden when you don’t live at the White House

If actions speak louder than words, then Michelle Obama’s move to turn a portion of the White House grounds into a kitchen garden is a fabulous way to encourage all of us to think about the environment, our health and the sheer pleasure that comes from growing your own food.

If you are fortunate to have time on your hands and a good size piece of land, then here are the White House kitchen garden plans (White House kitchen garden plans).

However, for many of us who don’t have the time, help or expansive land to grow such an ambitious kitchen garden, you may consider an urban version of it which I have in my home in San Jose. It is a raised vegetable garden planter which gives me enough area to grow some tomatoes, peppers, and basil.

I built it last year, yes, before Michelle Obama…for the record. It provides enough for me to play the role of an urban vegetable gardener and allows me to brag to Clint every time I make a salad with my own tomatoes.

You can find the details of the project here.

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Loni Stark is a self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker, and yet is also passionate about technology’s impact on business and creativity. She's the host of our Stark Insider video features. It’s been said her laugh can be heard from San Jose all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge. She makes no claims to super powers, although sushi is definitely her Kryptonite. Loni's story...
  • Linda Kuehl

    For those of you who have very limited space another great product for creating your urban garden is the Earthbox. I have 6 original Earthbox's plus two that we made from plans we found on the internet using Rubbermaid tubs. They really work! I have been using them for about 5 years and this is what I grew last year in my movable garden. <br />
    Tomatoes – 4 different kinds<br />
    French green beans<br />
    Lettuce – 4 differenct kinds<br />
    Cucumbers – yellow lemon<br />
    Zucchini<br />
    Peas<br />
    Wax beans<br />
    Walla Walla sweet onions<br />
    Green bell peppers<br />
    Jalapeno peppers<br />
    Yellow Hungarian peppers<br />
    Japanese eggplant<br />
    Plus I grew red and yukon gold potatoes in huge planters <br />
    <br />
    Here is the link for the Earthbox website: <a href="http://www.earthbox.com/&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://www.earthbox.com/</a>&quot; target="_blank">http://www.earthbox.com/</a></a&gt;

  • Linda Kuehl

    For those of you who have very limited space another great product for creating your urban garden is the Earthbox. I have 6 original Earthbox’s plus two that we made from plans we found on the internet using Rubbermaid tubs. They really work! I have been using them for about 5 years and this is what I grew last year in my movable garden.
    Tomatoes – 4 different kinds
    French green beans
    Lettuce – 4 differenct kinds
    Cucumbers – yellow lemon
    Zucchini
    Peas
    Wax beans
    Walla Walla sweet onions
    Green bell peppers
    Jalapeno peppers
    Yellow Hungarian peppers
    Japanese eggplant
    Plus I grew red and yukon gold potatoes in huge planters

    Here is the link for the Earthbox website: http://www.earthbox.com/

  • Linda Kuehl

    For those of you who have very limited space another great product for creating your urban garden is the Earthbox. I have 6 original Earthbox’s plus two that we made from plans we found on the internet using Rubbermaid tubs. They really work! I have been using them for about 5 years and this is what I grew last year in my movable garden.
    Tomatoes – 4 different kinds
    French green beans
    Lettuce – 4 differenct kinds
    Cucumbers – yellow lemon
    Zucchini
    Peas
    Wax beans
    Walla Walla sweet onions
    Green bell peppers
    Jalapeno peppers
    Yellow Hungarian peppers
    Japanese eggplant
    Plus I grew red and yukon gold potatoes in huge planters

    Here is the link for the Earthbox website: http://www.earthbox.com/