The nosedive in our economy, coupled with a desire for fresher, safer, better-tasting, locally grown food, is doing for vegetables what mom could never do:
We will grow A LOT more fruits, berries, veggies and herbs in 2009.
I just finished listening to a webinar on food gardening trends sponsored by Garden Writers Association, Plant a Row For the Hungry and Scotts Miracle-Gro.
The news is good.
According to the National Gardening Association, in 2008, 31 percent of all households (36 million to be sort of exact), grew a food garden. In 2009, 37 percent (43 million) plan one. For those of you not handy with a calculator, that’s a 19 percent increase.
Are you one of those newbies? Do you need help growing fruits and berries, herbs, veggies in containers or the ground? Add a comment below and we’ll tackle it together.
One last statistic. This made me cry: 36.2 million Americans (this includes 12 million kids) live in “food-insecure” households.
If you grow extra food this summer, please: Share it with your local food bank. For more information:
Planting Queen tip: Food gardens, whether in the ground or in a container, need full sun (at least 8 hours a day) and good soil.