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Queen Elizabeth's vegetable garden

Queen Elizabeth's vegetable garden

Queen Elizabeth inspects her new vegetable garden with Prince Philip and garden manager Claire Midgely. Credit: PA/Telegraf UK

Photo of Mrs. Obama and Queen Elizabeth/AP

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It looks like Britain's Queen Elizabeth and First Lady Michelle Obama have more in common than rank.

The new BFFs - they hit it off during the G20 Summit in the spring and the Queen gave Michelle and the girls a rare tour of Buckingham Palace on a return trip for Sasha's birthday - also share a new interest in vegetable gardening.

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There's a new vegetable garden at Buckingham Palace planted with tomatoes, runner beans, onions, leeks and carrots. The garden measures about 33 feet by 13 feet and is being cultivated without chemicals. It is called "The Yard Bed."

 Claire Midgley, the palace's deputy garden manager, told reporters, "We're not only helping to keep old varieties alive, but we're also preserving heritage and history."

It's the first time vegetables have been grown at the palace since World War II.

For more details on the Queen's garden, check out the Obama Foodorama blog.

The Obama kitchen garden seems to be quite a hit in Europe.

Two weeks ago, a replica of the White House Kitchen Garden was on display at Bloom 2009, the largest horticultural festival in all of Europe. Thousands of visitors flocked to see it during the four-day event at Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland.

Photo courtesy Bloom 2009 Facebook page

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