WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama had help from Washington fourth- and fifth-grade students to begin the third planting season of the White House Kitchen Garden.
Obama and the children planted vegetables including cauliflower, cabbage, collards, Swiss chard and beets in the garden, USA Today reported Thursday.
"Uh oh, the president doesn't like beets," the first lady joked. "But it's OK, we're an equal-opportunity garden."
The planting coincided with the announcement from Crown Books of Michelle Obama's plan to release a tome about her garden and efforts to promote healthy eating habits. The book is due out April 2012 and Crown said the proceeds will be given to charity.