Blog | March 19, 2009

A Perennial: The Resurgence of Vegetable Gardens

MattIn an unstable economy, the last thing you want to worry about is where your next meal will come from. Also, when you grow it, you know exactly what you’re eating; it’s nice to not have to read a label to find out if that springtime asparagus came from a few miles away or from South America.

Those are a couple of the reasons that the National Gardening Association says 43 million U.S. households will grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and berries this year. That’s up 19% from last year! Organic seed sales are up 46% at Burpee & Co., the country’s largest seed retailer.

The latest garden to pop up? One at the White House, where a section of grass is being dug up and replaced by a vegetable garden. This will be the first time vegetables have been grown on the White House lawn since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden from 1943.

With winter breathing its last frigid breath, are you planning a garden for this year? What’s everyone growing?

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