Parents Listen: First Lady Promotes Gardening On 40th Anniversary of Sesame Street

I loved gardening before our move to another state last year. We planted many beautiful flowering shrubs that added value to our home. From hydrangeas in blue and pink to crepe myrtles in red and white, to butterfly bushes that filled the yard with fluttering beauty and gardenias that smelled so wonderful, our yard was a sea of color and activity during the summer and spring months.

The next step in gardening I wanted to try was planting a real garden full of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, peppers and so on. I also wanted to have apple trees and grapevines but when you move and decide to rent for awhile, you are unable to cultivate the land in any way you would like. I've settled with a couple of potted plants... boring, if you ask me.

Gardening is a wonderful hobby for all alike. To see what you have planted return year after year in a bigger and better way, there is nothing like watching your rewards return in awesome abundance.

For the 40th Anniversary of the long running children's show, Sesame Street, Michelle Obama will plant lettuce, tomato, and cucumber seeds. Promoting gardening to children, our First Lady will get down and dirty with the earth. Tune in November 10th!

"All these seeds need to grow are sun, soil and water. If you eat these healthy foods, you're going to grow up to be big and strong, like me," Michelle Obama says. "I know you're going to like these vegetables, because in addition to being healthy, they really taste great!" [via UsMagazine ]

Michelle Obama is the first to garden in the White House since World War II. She planted fifty fruits and vegetables that are used in the White House kitchen. Wonderful!

I'm not sure if this will help children decide to try that bite of tomato or cucumber but promoting a way of life that is helpful to the environment and a throw back to how so many of our ancestors had to live to survive may help many in need. Educating those who could plant gardens in their backyards to supplement income is never a bad thing. It's fun and rewarding. The kids can get dirty and it's for a wonderful cause: your belly!