Planting Season: Michelle Obama Gets the White House Garden Ready for Spring

By Kristina

Mar 16, 2011 6:06pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller, Kristina Bergess and Amy Bingham report: 

With spring approaching, First Lady Michelle Obama replanted the White House garden for the third time this afternoon.  Along with elementary students from local DC schools, Mrs. Obama planted cauliflower, spinach, peas and broccoli among other vegetables at the South Lawn garden.

“This is the planting season for the White House Garden, “ Mrs. Obama exclaimed, “There’s no way we would get this done without your help.”

One of the students was particularly excited to plants some beets.

“Uh-oh,” Mrs. Obama said, “The President doesn’t like beets.  But it’s okay.  We’re an equal opportunity garden.”

The 1,500 square foot garden has produced more than 2,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables, the White House touts, over the first two years of its existence. Many of those vegetables harvested from the garden contribute to meals that guests eat at the White House, as well as on the plates of the Obama family’s nightly dinners. The rest of the garden harvest goes to charity, the First Lady’s office says. 

Mrs. Obama says she hopes that once the garden is harvested the kids will try new vegetables, like leeks and Swiss chard growing in the garden.

“So that’s going to be the fun part, is trying some new things.”

The White House kitchen garden is a part of Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to combat childhood obesity

“It’s not just about planting good vegetables; it’s about passing the information on,” Mrs. Obama said.

- Sunlen Miller, Kristina Bergess and Amy Bingham

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