The exploding interest in gardening caught many seed companies and nurseries by surprise last year. All indications are there’s just as much, if not more gardening going on this year. Vegetables take up a greater share of gardening budgets, decreasing the usual money spent on lawns, flowers, trees and shrubs.
People are thinking more about their own survival in a down economy. There’s also growing concern about food safety and purity. Seeds for peas, beans, corn, beets, carrots, broccoli, kale, spinach and the lettuces are among the top sellers. Fruit trees, berry plants and grapes are doing well, too, as are herbs.
Community gardening is growing, too. A
Waiting lists grew long for community gardening plots around the
Or maybe not. Think survival. There’s always container gardening. What about home hydroponics? Guerilla gardening anyone? Don’t forget what’s already growing in the wild, including what may already be in your yard.