A New York Times story on Wednesday suggested that some Americans are responding to this time of economic uncertainty by planting vegetable gardens.
In a way recalling the Victory Gardens of wartimes-past, seed companies such as W. Atlee Burpee are reporting a rise in sales not seen in recent years, and lawns across the nation are giving over to tomatoes, basil and squash. Furthermore, people who formerly didn’t know where eggs came from are building chicken tractors and hen houses.
Have rising food prices prompted you to get reacquainted with your spade and work gloves? Do you find yourself thumbing through poultry catalogs with a certain acquisitive interest? We’d love to hear your gardening experiences, your tips for others and your plans for future agricultural expansion.
— Kent Priestley, contributing editor