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April 21st, 2009
10:20 AM ET

Fredricka's Victory Garden

I found some green thumb inspiration before this “Green Day” week. But now, I’m ready to act thanks in part to Atlanta nursery store manager Kate Gunderson, mother-of-two Kelly Williams, first lady Michelle Obama and my 4-year-old son.

Planting my own vegetable garden has always seemed so far out of reach. Too laborious, unpredictable, time consuming and thereby, seemingly not at all cost-effective.

I’ve been herb and flower gardening for years, much like my mother, for the sheer pleasure of the constantly budding visual beauty along with the soothing therapeutic benefits that also bloom within any gardener. Little did I know I could be so motivated, so determined, so excited about preparing and eating an entire meal harvested from my own garden. I hope you check out my story on the resurgence of Victory Gardens. There, you’ll see what I mean.

Professional gardener Kate Gunderson shows me the sprouts of her own garden and how much can grow in so little space and with so few seeds. When I met Kelly and her two daughters at a nursery, the excitement of their new family project, planting the salad they will eat, was palpable. And when the first lady along with schoolchildren first broke ground at the White House herb and veggie garden, collectively the wheels for me were set in motion. The icing on the cake came when my son proudly brought home a plastic drinking cup filled with dirt and his “beanstalk for Jack” (you remember the story as a kid). In my son’s eyes was something new. I think it was a collision of emotions ranging from accomplishment to anticipation.

So last week, I prepared the soil for our veggie garden area and let it sit; things gardener Gunderson instructed. Wednesday, my son’s "bean sprout for Jack” gets a new home there. Together we will put on our gardening gloves (I bought a super small pair to fit a toddler) and we will plant tomatoes, carrots, broccoli and lettuce, for starters. Ambitious, I know. But if we do well, that bonus package  of watermelon seeds will find a place in our garden as well. So, by summer, we look forward to harvesting some dinner and lunch items from our garden. Who knows, breakfast could soon follow.

Bon Appétit!!

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Fred Tonelli

    Wow! What a great idea for Earth Day! Good luck, Fredricka!

    April 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  2. Joyce A. Zucker

    Regarding torture tactics: Anyone who breaks the laws of our Constitution must be prosecuted or our laws are useless. bush, Chenney, Rice and Rumsfeld should all be brought to trial. If other, more astute and interested leaders were in power, there would have never been 9/ll or our involvement in Iraq. If I had my say they would be charged with accessory to murder.

    April 23, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  3. Derrick

    Good for yall! We have to learn to take it back to the earth at some point to save and preserve. We are doing the same thing, we had beautiful tomatoes but squirrels and other animals got to many before we did, we're not giving up though. I see some chickens in the future!

    April 24, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  4. Dan R Geer

    It must be a slow day in the News Room. Why is so much being said about Swine Flu? It keeps being described as "new". It is not new. The strain may be new but, Swine Flu has been around for years. There was a big scare in 1976 caused by an outbreak at Fort Dix. I just don't understand why 8 people getting sick and all recovering is "news". Duh..there are 300 million people in The United States. I do understand that there have been a very large number of cases reported in Mexico with a sizable death count. There are many countries with large numbers of people living in poverty where Flu and other illness has always thrived. It just seems as though the News Networks are trying to create a panic.

    April 25, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  5. Fupesouse

    Nice internet site I will definitely come back again soon.

    May 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  6. Lamont

    Fredricka, I have a 2 part question, are democrats that are holding out on votind in favor of the this heath care bill are recieving any campain contribrutions from health care & insurance lobbyist? And how many republicans that opposes the health care bill are recieving campain contributions from the same lobbyist? Once you find this information out, can you report this on your show? Myself and the public would like to know. Can you please check this out & report back

    Thanks ,Onesquarebrother

    November 7, 2009 at 12:53 pm |