Every few days, I check Lexis/Nexis, Google News, portal/compendium websites, and other sources to gather gardening news from around the world. Maybe I missed it before, but it seems that more stories than ever before are reporting on the growing popularity of vegetable gardening. Here’s a sampling, and, believe, me, I didn’t have to do much digging (sorry):
Peterson said the size of his gardening classes has zoomed from “zero to 60” in the past two years. At the same time, Baker Nursery in Phoenix reports a marked increase in sales of vegetable seeds and plants.
“Consumers are paying attention to how they can save at the grocery store by shopping at the nursery,” Baker’s Bonnie Higgins said. “The price of food is sending them back to the garden.”
—Karen Fernau, “Food safety, prices spur a rise in backyard gardens,” Arizona Republic, 3/8
Normally, the financial aspect of vegetable gardens is not something at the top of my list when I advocate reasons for this undertaking, but I had to admit, in this day of tight economic times, gardens can help stretch the family budget.
—David Holms, “Vegetable gardens make financial sense,” Ocala Star-Banner, 3/8
Not since the days of the bountiful victory gardens of the First and Second World Wars has vegetable gardening been so popular.The reason for growing veggies back then was to ease the pressure on public food supply. It was also considered a good morale booster.
Today, people want to grow vegetables for different reasons.
—Steve Whysall, “Veggie-mania,” Vancouver Sun
I’m treating it like my practice run–I want to learn the ways of the soil now, while it is not yet necessary for my survival to do so, and be able to move out into the country or an eco-village when I graduate and hit the ground running. On my next visit down to Fredericksburg, I will be tilling and digging up the land and adding fertilizer. We plan to grow sweet corn, squash, zucchini, beets and the occasional herb, but that’s just for starters.
—Joe Holmes, Hopscotch, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star (Holmes is a college student columnist), 2/20
—Dean Fosdick, “Want to cut your food bill? Pull out your shovel and plant a garden,” North Andover Eagle Tribune (AP), 2/24
This is wonderful hearing, particularly in view of the contradictory news of gardening’s decline as a hobby. While vegetable gardening will never be a priority for me, I would like nothing better than seeing rows of lawns replaced by beautiful heirloom tomatoes, carrots, lettuces, cucumbers, and squash.