This is definitely a hot topic these days: People are flocking to vegetable gardening in numbers we haven’t seen since the back-to-nature days of the 1970s. The reason? Prices on food – and just about everything else – are going up, up, and up. Just take a look at yesterday’s New York Times to find an article entitled “Banking On Gardening”:
Seed companies and garden shops say that not since the rampant inflation of the 1970s has there been such an uptick in interest in growing food at home. Space in community gardens across the country has been sold out for several months. In Austin, Tex., some of the gardens have a three-year waiting list.
The article goes on to say that at the W. Atlee Burpee Company sales of vegetable and herb seeds rose 40 percent over last year. And although such sales have been on the rise for several years, this is double the growth rate of recent years. George Ball, Burpee’s owner, attributes this to two consequences of the current economy:
“Food prices have spiked because of fuel prices and they redounded to the benefit of the garden,” Mr. Ball said. “People are driving less, taking fewer vacations, so there is more time to garden.”
More time and less money lead to more gardening? Makes sense (and cents) to me.