Um … the Yard Bed?


Everything but the name sounds great. As many of you have no doubt read by now, Queen Elizabeth’s staff has initiated the first vegetable garden at Buckingham Palace since WWII.

According to royal garden manager Claire Midgely, the garden will use seaweed fertilizer, compost, hand-watering, and garlic extract as a natural aphid repellant. The vegetables to be grown there have names like Blue Queen beans, Northern Queen lettuce, and Queen of Hearts tomatoes, as well as heirloom varieties of carrots, beetroot, and corn. All the official statements I’ve seen make it clear that though the vegetables will be eaten at the palace, the larger hope is that this will further inspire UK citizens to get back to their own gardens.

Here’s a link to the Guardian report.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

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  1. Is this one-upmanship for the Obamas garden at the Whitehouse? I am delighted to hear about it though whatever the motivation. I know so many people who have turned to growing just a few veggies in their garden (not quite as large as Buck House though!) and have now caught the gardening bug.

  2. My favorite part was the queen’s hot-pink edged umbrella! Especially since it didn’t seem to be raining.

  3. I think there is some falling away, not to be compared with us, of course. And maybe it is about local food growing more than gardening per se.

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