The National Gardening Association's most recent survey findings are indicating that growing numbers of people (including myself) are planning to grow their own fruits, vegetables and herbs. In fact, gardening is expected to increase by $7 million in 2009. And 54% of those surveyed said that they are turning to gardening in order to save money on food bills. Another 48% are interested in growing food that they know is safe from pesticides and growth hormone products.
This is an opportunity to thrive! In 2008, consumers spent $2.8 billion on home food gardening and in 2009 it is expected they will spend considerably more. You can be sure that this is a trend large retailers, like Lowes and Home Depot, will capitalize on. But if you're a smaller business that sells gardening tools, soil, seeds, fencing, or other gardening-related products, make sure to reach out to your customers and benefit from this new trend.
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