Grow Your Own Food

Garden centers

The average gardener spends at least five hours a week tending to their garden, and approximately 30 percent of American households have a garden or lawn for their home owners to attend to. Among those nearly 70 million households, over 80 percent have grown edible plants. With such time and care dedicated to gardening, it is easy to see why many people become close to the workers at their local plant nursery.

The plant nursery at garden centers can help those looking to raise their own fruits and vegetables as well as those interested in ornamental plants and shrubs. If you are new to landscaping, many gardening centers offer garden design services. If you are interested in developing your horticultural knowledge you can discuss trees and shrubs that you should plant with an attendant at the plant nursery near your home.

If you have decided to take the leap into growing your own food, you may run up against the challenges of time, insect and disease control, wildlife control, irrigation and cost. Many people when planning a garden or vegetable patch fail to take these factors into account and end up quickly overwhelmed and abandoning their project to weeds. If you have found your self successful in the vegetable growing department you will likely have an over abundance of zucchini, giving rise to the National Sneak Zucchini Onto Your Neighbors Porch Day, August 8th.

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