How Does Your Garden Grow: Veggies are “In” This Year!

A recent survey on early spring trends conducted by the Garden Writers Association Foundation (GWAF), indicates that vegetable gardening is projected to gain popularity this growing season. The primary factors encouraging this new gardening trend are rising gas prices, increasing food costs, and a fluctuating economy.

In the survey, consumers were asked to rate the types of garden-related spending they expected for the spring season. Lawn and grass expenditures take the lead (54%), followed by vegetable or fruit plants (39%), annual flowers (38%), trees and shrubs (35%), and perennial flowers (31%).

When asked the same question in 2007, vegetable and fruit plants were fourth on the list of priorities for consumer spending plans. Perennial flowers that held the number two position in consumer spending expectations for 2007, now in fifth place for 2008.
While growing a garden sounds like a lovely idea, you may be concerned about the time and knowledge needed to establish and maintain one. With the cost of everything is going up, shortcuts and understanding effective ways to garden would help ensure your success for the time and money invested.

Herbal Treasures’ Weekly Garden Tips delivers information based on real life experience and research, put together by Becky Cortino, Master Gardener Volunteer Graduate (’98). Ms. Cortino is a contributor to the recently-published Herb Society of America’s Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs, a special project benefiting the National Herb Garden.


What can you expect?

Sage advice seasoned with experience and encouragement to help you in your gardening.


  • Are you planning to grow the Garden of Your Dreams in 2008?
  • Do you plan to fine-tune an existing garden or designing a new one?
  • Are you unsure, and want or need some sage advice to inspire and get you growing?


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1 Comment

  1. September 10, 2008 at 7:11 am

    I had to smile at the comment about “sage advice” — what about the other herbs? 😉 Of course, etymologically, sage that means wisdom is related to sage that means flavor — both come from a word that means “taste.” Always made me think that “Taste and see that the Lord is good” could be “Be wise, and see…” My garden is just a line of pots on my balcony, but there is a healthy sage plant in there, just waiting to be tasted in some preparation (saltimbocca, perhaps).

    Thanks for the sagacity.

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