First lady Michelle Obama plants White House garden for spring

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Salad from the White House garden could be served in just a few weeks.

Michelle Obama planted lettuce and other crops in her White House garden Tuesday, assisted by schoolchildren.

The first lady planted two varieties of wheat for the first time.

The lettuce should be ready in a couple of weeks. The wheat will take at least until July.

The garden also has spinach, kale, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.

The first lady planted the garden in 2009 to help with her campaign against childhood obesity. She says involving children in the growing of fruits and vegetables makes it more likely that they will eat them, too.

More than 3,000 pounds of produce has been harvested. Some of it goes to a local soup kitchen.

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