Entries in Spring (2)


Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa.) -- Are you tired of the winter weather and counting down the days to spring?  Well, if Punxsutawney Phil is to be believed, cold temperatures are going to be sticking around for awhile.

The groundhog came out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania Thursday morning and saw his shadow, meaning that there will be six more weeks of winter this year.

Thursday's reading was Phil's 126th prognostication.  The groundhog comes out each year on Feb. 2 -- Groundhog's Day -- to determine whether or not spring will come early.

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Planting Season: Michelle Obama Gets the White House Garden Ready for Spring

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With spring approaching, first lady Michelle Obama replanted the White House garden for the third time Wednesday afternoon.  Along with elementary students from local D.C. schools, Mrs. Obama planted cauliflower, spinach, peas and broccoli among other vegetables at the South Lawn garden.

“This is the planting season for the White House Garden," Mrs. Obama exclaimed. “There’s no way we would get this done without your help.”

One of the students was particularly excited to plants some beets.

“Uh-oh,” Mrs. Obama said. “The President doesn’t like beets.  But it’s okay.  We’re an equal opportunity garden."

The 1,500 square-foot garden has produced more than 2,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables, the White House touts, over the first two years of its existence. Many of those vegetables harvested from the garden contribute to meals that guests eat at the White House, as well as on the plates of the Obama family’s nightly dinners. The rest of the garden harvest goes to charity, the first lady’s office says.

Mrs. Obama says she hopes that once the garden is harvested the kids will try new vegetables, like leeks and Swiss chard growing in the garden. The White House kitchen garden is a part of Mrs. Obama’s "Let’s Move!" campaign to combat childhood obesity.

“It’s not just about planting good vegetables; it’s about passing the information on,” Mrs. Obama said.

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