The fact that garden centres in the UK have started installing a raised vegetable gardens in their stores is a sign of the overwhelming boom of growing your own veggies.
2009 has been the biggest year ever for the home grown vegetables market, with around 3 times the sales of seeds compared to the previous year. The garden centres say that the surge has been caused by the credit crunch, as people look to save money wherever possible. However, this trend has been on the rise for several years as consumers are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and eat more organic produce.
The raised vegetable garden has taken centre stage in many garden centres in order to provide gardeners with advice. It also gives a good idea as to what you can expect from a packet of seeds.
As the raised bed needs little maintenance, it is ideal for a busy shop. Not to mention, it can be put anywhere regardless of the ground.
Vegetable plants and seeds are constantly out of stock across the whole range. People are not just growing the usual, but trying everything from tomatoes, to melons and peppers.
Waiting lists for allotments is so long that people are having to use any space they can get their hands on – even if it belongs to someone else!
In Glasgow so called “Guerrilla Gardeners” are planting in small patches of ground around the city. Just a few yards from the M8 motorway a secret garden has onions, garlic, potatoes, and rosemary growing. This is not a one off though; around the city small vegetable gardens have popped up mysteriously.
Could this be another sign that there just isn’t enough land for enthusiastic gardeners these days? Perhaps it is an secret art installation to encourage people to grow vegetables at home?
A website has been setup to arrange meet-ups. On their about page they say, “Many have been inspired by Richard Reynolds ‘On Guerrilla Gardening’… It has now arrived in Glasgow”.
http://guerrillagardening.org/ seems to be the initiator (if one exists) of this fascinating movement. There are some cool photos on the site – my favourite is of sunflowers planted in a concrete clad estate in South East London. Well worth a look.