Check out this great post by Gayla/You Grow Girl, whom I’ve been following on Twitter, as well as reading her blog. (Her tweat alerted me to this post.) It’s not news to many of us, but she weaves together the various reports on how food gardening is on the rise very nicely.
I’ve been seeing these stats both in the gardening press and the mainstream media, and I know the other Ranters have been mentioning this. In fact, the issue of American Gardener I wrote about today reports on several surveys that show vegetable seed sales up 10 percent and vegetables/fruit outperforming all other plants in garden centers. Except lawn supplies, of course.
Here’s an excerpt from Gayla’s post:
And sure enough we are seeing proof positive that gardening with plants wasn’t dead in the least, it was just quietly shifting gears and growing in places where no one would have expected it.
What I love is that many of the food growers are younger gardeners.
Will I become a convert? Fill in my pond? Dig up my lily bulbs? Rip out the maples so I can grow tomatoes in my front yard? Absolutely not. But this trend makes me very happy. I’d much rather hear about people growing food than hear about them installing outdoor kitchens.