First Lady Michelle Obama and 25 students from Bancroft Elementary School went to work, planting the first crop of fruits and vegetables in the White House kitchen garden Thursday afternoon.
The First Lady told the students that during her and the president's recent European trip everyone "from Prince Charles on down," was asking about the garden, according to a White House pool reporter.
When the students were asked how much they thought the garden would cost to plant, one ventured the guess "$100,000." To which the First Lady responded that her husband "would go crazy" if it cost that much.
After a few more guesses, it emerged that the garden is going to cost about $200 to plant.
The work began with the First Lady saying, "Plant away, and get to work."
The work lasted about 40 minutes, with Mrs. Obama down on her hands and knees placing herbs in holes dug by a couple of students working with her.
Visit us on Garden Variety tomorrow, and we'll tell you what kinds of plants went in the ground ... and more facts about the First Family's vegetable garden.