House gardening activities are booming in Valparaiso, Indiana and are being seen as alternative food sources amid economic and foreclosure difficulties. The surge of interest in gardening benefits garden supplies businesses in the area, including the Johnsonís greenhouse.
According to gardening enthusiasts, vegetable and fruit gardens are the most common choices. One local resident admitted that she started her garden in 2009, with strawberries and tomatoes as main produce, and is now planning to add raspberries and peppers to the mix.
Most local residents have claimed that, with the economic downturn and the high rates of foreclosures, food prices have surged. They added that garden produce can make a lot of difference in terms of solving food budget problems.
Meanwhile, plant seller Johnsonís has welcomed the growing interest on residential gardening. According to the owners of the greenhouse, gardening is a therapeutic activity. It also provides a lot of benefits since people can grow their own food and save a lot on food costs. Johnsonís started out as a strawberry farm and later expanded into selling herbs, vegetables and flowering plants.
With more residents becoming interested in house gardening, various options have been explored with regards to the location of these gardens, particularly in areas where there are not enough vacant space to grow a garden. Indiana homeowners are reportedly trying all these options, including patio and deck gardening.
Plant sellers and farmers stated that the popularity of patio gardening also has something to do with concerns over food safety. A big percentage of U.S. food supplies come from abroad and people are worried about the quality of some of these supplies. This leads most of them to grow their own food instead.
Johnsonís owners have revealed that peppers and tomatoes were the most in-demand garden produce in 2009 in Valparaiso that farmers were wishing they planted more of these plants. Meanwhile, Motherís Day saw more local residents visiting the greenhouse, seeking plants that they can give as gifts to celebrate Mumís day.
House gardening in Valparaiso has become popular among residents who are trying to cut down on food expenses. Safety concerns over imported food supplies have also contributed to the growing number of locals opting to grow their own food resources.
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.
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