As the economy slumps, homeowners across the country are finding innovative ways to save money on various monthly expenses such as groceries. The latest trend: “recession gardens”.
Dubbed the name recession gardens, these gardens are simply at-home vegetable, herb and fruit gardens that homeowners are cultivating in order to grow their own produce and save some money at the grocery store.
And they might just be on the right track. The National Gardening Association claims that a well-planned, properly cared for garden costing a gardener $70 could yield up to $600 in produce over the course of a year.
They are also estimating that the number of American households planting vegetable, fruit and herb gardens this year will be about 43 million- that’s a 19 percent increase from last year according to a survey they performed in January.
And the trend isn’t just for middle-class homeowners. First Lady Michelle Obama has reportedly dug up a section of the White House lawn which she will be using as a vegetable, fruit and herb garden. Eleanor Roosevelt did the same thing to show Americans the value of a garden in tough economic times.
The gardening industry is nothing less than shocked by the new trend. W. Atlee Burpee & Co., the largest seed and gardening supply store in the country reported a 25-30 percent spike in seed sales this spring. “I’ve been in the business for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it- even remotely like it.” -Geroge Ball, chairman and CEO of W. Atlee Burpee & Co.