Edible Gardens and Less Lawn Are Top Garden Trends in 2010

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Edible Gardens and Less Lawn Are Top Garden Trends in 2010

 January 19, 2010
By Melody Parker
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

There's a great deal of pride in being able to say, "I grew it myself."

Apparently, more Americans want to experience the satisfaction and pleasure of uttering that phrase because edible gardens are "in." The National Gardening Association reports a nearly 20% increase in urban edible gardens in the past year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Growing your own groceries promises to be a popular project in the garden for 2010.

The Garden Media Group's 2010 trends report cites several reasons for the increase, including a practical response to economic uncertainty, a return to small-town values, a desire for locally grown produce and a rising demand for organic foods.

GMG President Susan McCoy points to American's inherent "can-do" spirit and desire for self-sufficiency that is "defined more by nostalgia rather than geography" as part of the shifting priorities.

Edible gardens are no longer banished to the backyard, either. Enthusiastic gardeners are tearing up front lawns and installing vegetable beds or planting cottage gardens where tomatoes, peppers, beans and other plants happily grow alongside perennials, roses, herbs and annual flowers. Container gardening continues to be a sensible option for people with limited space and time or physical limitations.

Other "ins and outs" for 2010 from the GMG:

  • Slow gardening is in. Instant gratification is out. Seed sales are up 30 to 50%, according to Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability, and home canning increased by 45%. Fruits and berries are on the must-grow list, too, particularly raspberries.

  • Eco-boosting is in. Chemical-dependent gardens are out. People want earth-friendly over scorched-earth products, including fertilizers, animal and insect repellents, potting soil, etc.

  • Multi-tasking is in. Single-purpose gardening is out. A greater range of plants and uses, such as cottage gardens, rain gardens, wildlife habitats, house plant collections, etc., will be popular.

  • Perennials and shrubs are in. Divas are out. Translate this into selecting native perennials, ornamental grasses and shrubs, as well as creating low-maintenance gardens and sustainable landscapes and choosing drought-tolerant and pest-resistant plants.

  • Mindfulness is in. Bling is out. Gardeners want value, price and performance.
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    So pretty.  Such nice looking vegetables. 

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