“WASHINGTON (AP) – Twenty-six elementary schoolchildren wielded shovels, rakes, pitchforks and wheelbarrows to help first lady Michelle Obama break ground on the first day of spring for a produce and herb garden on the White House grounds.

“Crops to be planted in the coming weeks on the 1,100-square-foot, L-shaped patch near the fountain on the South Lawn include spinach, broccoli, various lettuces, kale and collard greens, assorted herbs and blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

“There will also be a beehive…”

Read the rest of the article here.

Here is the list of  berries I have  ordered for this spring’s planting.

Qty Berries Variety Ht/w Spacing pH Source
1 Aronia (Chokeberry) Viking 6′ 4-5′ Miller
5 Blackberries Illini Hardy 5-6′ 3-4′ 8 x 12′ 6.5-6.8 Nourse
6 Blueberry Collection 4-5′ x 8-12′ 4.5-4.8 Miller
1 Blueberry Reka 4-5′ x 8-12′ 4.5-4.8 Nourse
1 Blueberry Duke 4-6′ 4-5′ x 8-12′ 4.5-4.8 Nourse
1 Cranberry North American 12″/3′ 2′ acidic Miller
1 Currant, black Prince Consort 4-6’/4-5′ 4-5′ x 5-9′ 6-6.3 Miller
1 Currant, pink Pink Champagne 5′ 6-6.3 Nourse
1 Currant, red Rovada 5′ 6-6.3 Nourse
1 Elderberry Johns 6′ 6-8′ Miller
1 Elderberry Adams 6′ 6-8′ Miller
1 Elderberry Samdal 6′ 6-8′ Nourse
1 Honey berry Blue belle 5′ 4-5′ Miller
1 Honey berry Berry blue 8′ 4-5′ Miller
1 Jostaberry 4-6’/4-5′ 5′ Miller
6 Lingonberries 1- 1.5′ 2′ acidic Hartmann
1 Plum Berry prunus maratima 6′ suckering Hartmann
3 Raspberry, red Taylor 3′ x 6′ 6.5-6.8 Miller
3 Raspberry, red Heritage 3′ x 6′ 6.5-6.8 Miller
5 Raspberry, red Prelude 18-24″ 6.5-6.8 Nourse
1 Sandra Berry 3′ x 8-12′ 6.5 -7 Nourse

Miller

Nourse

Hartmann

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