In addition to CSA sign-up season, it is also garden planning time! There’s increased interest in planting gardens, VictoryGarden style, to increase food self-reliance, and, as this article points out, to save a little money:
“Want to cut your food bill? Pull out your shovel and plant a garden”
(Associated Press) – Americans finding soaring food prices hard to stomach are battling back by growing their own food. Home vegetable gardens appear to be booming as a result of the twin movements to eat local and pinch pennies. Although the 2008 planting season is still largely in the planning stages, it appears vegetable seed sales will be up significantly from year-ago figures, said Barb Melera, president of D. Landreth Seed Co., in New Freedom, Pa. “I just came back from the Southeastern Flower Show in Atlanta and we sold three to four times the amount of seed packets we did the previous year,” Melera said.
Roger Doiron, a gardener and fresh food advocate from Scarborough, Maine, said he turned $85 worth of seeds into more than six months of vegetables for his family of five. “I see home gardens as a way of broadening and democratizing the local foods revolution which until now has been more of an upper-class phenomenon,” Doiron said by e-mail. “Home gardening allows people to have their fresh, organic salad greens and pay for them, too.”
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