Happy First Day of Spring! If you’re thinking of planting a vegetable garden this spring, you’re not alone. Michelle Obama is planting one at the White House this year. It is the first vegetable garden at the White House since World War II.
While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at a time when obesity and diabetes have become a national concern.
Michelle Obama is growing 55 varieties of vegetables, including “red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf and galactic. There will be spinach, chard, collards and black kale. For desserts, there will be a patch of berries. And herbs will include some more unusual varieties, like anise hyssop and Thai basil.”
Oh and there will also be two beehives for honey.
Sounds fancy! But the total cost for the seeds, mulch, and soil of the White House garden? Only $200.