Less than a month after First Lady Michelle Obama replanted the Kitchen Garden for Spring on March 26, it is filled with a lush array of vegetables. The newest crops added during the planting were five varieties of potatoes, and they're now coming up, as can be seen in the photo, above.
These are the first potatoes other than Sweet Potatoes ever planted in the Kitchen Garden, and the varieties include red Sangre; purple fingerlings from Peru called Purple Sion; Mountain Rose; Red Thumb and Canela Russet.
At the planting, Mrs. Obama was joined by three Girl Scout helpers as she sliced seedling potatoes and then buried these in a raised bed on the south side of the Kitchen Garden. (Above: Mrs. Obama at work, slicing)
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Over the weekend, thousands of people visited the White House for the annual Spring Garden tour, and many got a up-close view of the most famous 1,500-square foot vegetable plot in the world, as well as the beehive that sits beside it. It was a sunny and glorious day on Saturday, and less so on Sunday.
In the photo above, rows of "Lollo Rosa" lettuce and red "Gentilina" lettuce are in the foreground. The green sign is placed by the garden during the Spring and Fall tours, and is not otherwise present.
White House gardeners and groundskeepers, employees of the National Park Service, were stationed at the fenced-off Kitchen Garden to answer questions from the public. Visitors were allowed to roam the South Lawn on self-guided tours.
The Kitchen Garden is now a long way from how it looked during Mrs. Obama's planting event in March, as can be seen from the photo, above. The First Lady's book about the Kitchen Garden, American Grown, is scheduled to be released at the end of May, barring further delays in publication. (Above: Mrs. Obama and Girl Scout helpers planting; Senior Policy Advisor for healthy food initiatives Sam Kass is at right)
*Potato photo at top by The Hagstrom Report/Kim de Bourbon. Other photos by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama.