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First Lady gets help planting a White House garden

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White House photo/ Joyce N.Boghosian


Veggies and herbs will soon be sprouting on the south grounds of the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama and about two dozen elementary school volunteers broke ground for a kitchen garden last Friday. The kids and the First Lady appeared pretty handy with the shovels, pitchforks, and rakes. The fifth-graders from local Bancroft Elementary School will help work the spring garden.

In the weeks ahead, lettuce, peas, spinach, collard greens, carrots, radishes, broccoli, onions, and kale will be planted along with herbs like sage, garlic, chives, and oregano. They expect quick results: the first harvest around late April. Some of the harvest will go to the White House kitchen and some will be shared with a local D.C. soup kitchen for the homeless.

The White House design plans include zinnias and marigolds, so therefore it really should be considered a kitchen and flower garden in my opinion. The White House blog says Mrs. Obama is getting assistance with the project from White House horticulturist Dale Haney.

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