Recession Grows Interest In Seeds, Gardening

Vegetable seed sales are up and, according to a recent USA Today article, they’re squeezing flowers for space in U.S. gardens.


“As the economy goes down, food gardening goes up,” says Bruce Butterfield, director of the National Gardening Association, which projects the number of homes growing vegetables will jump more than 40 percent this year. “We haven’t seen this kind of spike in 30 years.”

According to the article, vegetable seed sales at Park Seed are up 20% this year. Ferry-More Seed also reports an increase in vegetable seed sales, but John Hamrick, vice president of sales and marketing, says the company has switched its inventory mix from half veggie seeds, half flower seeds to 60% veggies, 40% flowers.