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Thursday, March 26, 2009   

Des Moines, IA – Some Iowa families may not spend as much time as usual in the produce aisle at the supermarket this summer. They have planted "recession gardens" to save money on their food budget. A report by the National Gardening Association predicts a 19-percent increase in home gardening this year.

Veteran Iowa gardener Beverly Bernhard, who is also a member of Practical Farmers of Iowa, warns people not to count on saving lots of money by growing their own food instead of buying it. However, she tells them, the real savings are in the quality of food that makes it to their table.

"I do believe you'll find there's an extra expense in actually producing your own food, but the food quality you get is far better than what you can purchase in a store."

A lot of people would like to have access to organic foods but can't afford to buy them, she says, but now they can - by growing their own.

Bernhard says you don't need a lot of land, just something to grow plants in.

"The easiest way to get started is to find a container or a little piece of ground, till it up and throw a seed in it. It isn't that difficult."

Some items, like zucchini and lettuce, provide a lot of food value with little work. Bernhard says the best return on your investment of time and money is to care for what you've planted, so you get the highest yield.




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