Making things grow

Gardening season has arrived, and nurseries and seed companies report a  financial  bumper crop this year as more people than usual put in yard gardens.   In the e-mail newsletter Johnny’s Selected Seeds sent out at the beginning of the May, Joann Matuzas accounts for this seed-change saying, €œThe uncertainty of the economy definitely has prompted more people to put in vegetable gardens this year. €

The Pinetree Garden Seeds website, on the other hand, acknowledges that the reasons people have for sweating up their brows a bit more than they have been are more complex.   Any financial downturn, personal, nationwide, or worldwide, might well prompt such a change.   But quavering in the safety and quality control  of produce sold in U.S. markets has also likely provided impetus for the rise in self-reliance.   This year’s jag upward in garden seed and plant sales reflects increased desire to control the quality of food flowing in to the household as well as a greater need to more carefully direct the stream of financial resources flowing out. Continue reading “Making things grow”