Michelle Obama's White House Garden

Three years ago First Lady Michelle Obama, with the help of 23 fifth-graders, did something that no one had done since World War II - they dug up grass to plant vegetables. And if Michelle Obama can dig up grass for a vegetable garden, why can’t you?

(Photographs by Quentin Bacon for American Grown, except where noted)

Here is how she did it:

The 1,100-square-foot White House Kitchen Garden cost $200 to create (excluding the salaries of the National Park Service staff who tended it) and yielded, by the end of its first growing season, 740 pounds of fresh produce.

We can all do that math. The First Lady, whose public campaign against childhood obesity prompted her to empty her own pantry of sugary drinks and microwave meals, added a beehive next.

And last week marked the publication of American Grown, her book that exhorts the rest of us to grow our own food, too. Grab a pitchfork:

Above: Marigolds, to keep away aphids, edge the White House garden paths. Marigold Villandry. Image by Flower Gal, via Flickr.

Above: The White House garden, spring of 2011. Among the vegetables cultivated: Red and Green Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Chard, Broccoli, Carrots and Kale.

Above: The original planting plan, circa 2009, of the First Lady's vegetable garden. Image via White House.

Above: seed ruler to help you see how far apart you should plant your seeds.

Above: The First Lady's new book, American Grown, is $17.75 from Amazon

  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
Characters remaining

    Latest Property News
    • 22 Jun 2018
      The rental market in many Johannesburg suburbs has shown encouraging signs of revival this year but it remains a competitive market and landlords who best cater to their market’s needs will reap the healthiest returns.
    • 22 Jun 2018
      Home design is constantly evolving to reflect the changing needs of society. We look at some of the ways in which our use of space is changing.
    • 22 Jun 2018
      While estate agents can help the seller with correctly pricing the property and marketing a property to the right pool of potential buyers, at the end of the day it’s the impression that the property will make on buyers that counts the most.
    • 21 Jun 2018
      Anyone who’s ever been involved in a building project that’s gone wrong will appreciate the importance of adequate insurance cover in the construction industry.
    • 21 Jun 2018
      A recent news story about a blind tenant caught in a legal battle with his body corporate over letters and notices he was unable to read and consequently comply with has raised the question: what are the legal obligations for landlords with disabled tenants?
    • 21 Jun 2018
      A trend that’s taken the world by storm in recent years is that of hygge (pronounced: hue-guh), a Danish concept that is about creating intimacy, connecting with loved ones and taking pleasure in small, ordinary things.
    • 20 Jun 2018
      Buying or selling real estate isn’t as easy as it is portrayed sometimes, especially if there is a death of a party during the transaction which can make it awkward, tricky and inconvenient.
    • 20 Jun 2018
      With interest rates remaining at historic lows and banks continuing to compete for mortgage finance business, first-time buyers with funds at their disposal are currently well-placed to gain that initial foothold on the property ladder, particularly in the light of the slightly lower growth rates currently experienced in residential property values.
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    Share this Page

    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    Connect with us