On March 20, 2009 Michelle Obama broke ground on the largest and most expansive White House vegetable garden to date on the White House lawn.
The first White House garden was planted in 1800, by the second president of the United States John Adams and first lady Abigail Adams.
The L-shaped 1,100-square-foot (100 m2) garden provides more than 55 varieties of vegetables along with fruits that are incorporated into meals made for the Obama family as well as invited guests.
The non-chemical fertilizers used in the plot are made with “White House compost, crab meal from the Chesapeake Bay, lime and green sand. Ladybugs and praying mantises will help control harmful bugs.”
Why was this garden planned?
Mrs. Obama, who had no prior experience in gardening, was motivated to start this White House vegetable garden when she realized her daughters were not receiving daily nutritious meals.
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