Obamafoodorama posts before and after shots of the White House garden. What stands out when you click on the before photo and enlarge it is the garlic they have growing. Back in my youth, garlic was something used in cooking by southern European immigrants. Times have changed. (I tried garlic once but it was a tricky crop to grow.)
Looks to me as if each helper had about half a flat of starts to put out. Not exactly a hard day's work, but the symbolism is important.