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Americans and Europeans are turning lawns and patios into home supermarkets

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The highest level of inflation in the US since 1981 is forcing Americans to start growing vegetables and fruits in their gardens or in specially designed public gardens. Other than kitchen garden essentials, increasingly popular among American gardeners are bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, and berries, especially strawberries and blueberries.

Amid high inflation and global supply shortages, 35% of American households grow vegetables, fruits, and other foods at home, according to the US National Horticultural Association. According to the association, this is every third family in the country, which is 200% more than in 2008, that is, by 2 million families. At the same time, the number of community gardens has increased by 22% since 2021, including about 29,000 community gardens in the 100 largest US cities.

Growth in farmers’ markets, community gardens, and other direct-consumption food sources has ‘accelerated during COVID-19,’ according to California Polytechnic State University economist Ricky Wolpe. It got a further boost with rising inflation, as these vegetable gardens often help low-income families feed themselves.

‘Local food alternatives improve food security and access to food, especially in rural areas. Urban farming is also on the rise in the U.S., which refers to urban and suburban residents growing their own food, usually on community lots designated for that purpose,’ Wolpe said.

It is possible to save money by growing certain plants. According to organic farming specialist Phil Nauth. In his garden, he grows greens, broccoli, cauliflower, as well as tomatoes and peppers. In addition, Nauta plants potatoes, an inexpensive item in stores, because they ‘maybe six times more nutritious’ when planted in good soil.

‘I want the potatoes I eat to contain as many nutrients as possible, and because I have space, I plant them every spring along with the rest,’ quotes the edition of the words of a teacher at the online gardening academy at the non-profit organization Thrive for good.

According to economists, this year the average American family will pay $1,000 more for food, which makes gardening an increasingly attractive alternative, even among residents of large cities. YOU CAN SHARE THIS STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA


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