Oh! and if you have any questions about how to go about your backyard gardening please feel free to ask here in some thread. Just enter your question "off topic" and I will try and answer. I have been doing the organic gardening thing off and on since I was a kid and that means slightly more than a half century of experience. If I don't know the answer I will find it.
Hard economic times are acting like instant fertilizer on an industry that had been growing slowly: home vegetable gardening.
Amid the Washington talk of "shovel-ready" recession projects, it appears few projects are more shovel-ready than backyard gardens. Veggie seed sales are up double-digits at the nation's biggest seed sellers this year.
What's more, the number of homes growing vegetables will jump more than 40% this year compared with just two years ago, projects the National Gardening Association, a non-profit organization for gardening education.
"As the economy goes down, food gardening goes up," says Bruce Butterfield, the group's research director. "We haven't seen this kind of spike in 30 years."
At W. Atlee Burpee, the world's largest seed company, seed sales will jump 25% this year, Chairman George Ball estimates. "It's weird to have everyone else you talk to experiencing plunging markets. We're on a roll."