Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Seed Momentum

"[A] spokeswoman for Wal-Mart...said seed salesin March were up 30 percent over last year,sales of vegetable and herb plants had increased by 28% and sales of seed-starting supplies rose 40%."

Adrian Higgins,"Demand for Vegetable Seeds Rooted in Recession," The Washington Post, June 15, 2009.

I wonder if someone has invented a Victory Garden starter kit to help fledgling backyard gardeners succeed. I'm sure they have. Of course there are courses -- but you still help and easy access to the basics. A nudge, right?

* Dollars and cents of backyard gardening
* Where to put the garden
* Raised beds or the old-fashioned way
* What to grow and when
* TLC -- feeding the plants
* What to do with all the produce
* Common mistakes to laugh about

Community gardens make self help a bit easier and build upon communal knowledge

"At four community gardens in Reston...the wait list for 250 plots has climbed to 140 names, a back log of three years."

Time for more plots. My occasional view of backyards from an Amtrak perch tells me there are more community gardens in the making.

Will this gardening thing end with the recession, as if that will be soon? Like with many things,people need some success and it needs to be made easy.

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