More People Turn to Gardening in Tough Economy

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The higher cost of groceries has many people thinking about new ways to save money -- including growing their own produce.

Mark Hightshoe of Lowe's Garden Center said that in the past year, he's seen more people turning to gardening to save money.

"I see a higher influx of vegetables, (and) edibles due to the price fluctuation. Predictions (say) it's going to skyrocket, so we are looking at doing good business on any type of edibles," Hightshoe said.

You can start growing your own garden for as little as $10. Master gardener Karen Watkins noted there are items you can start growing in your yard now in the midst of the winter season.

"Onions, broccoli, cauliflower, all of those are cold crop foods, " Watkins said. "But with starter flats and seeds, you could start growing tomatoes, peppers and zucchini inside -- on your kitchen counter. Anybody can do it. Put them on your window sill."

The end of January into February is the best time to start seedlings indoors. It will take 60 to 70 days for most plants to produce something edible. But more labor and more time will equal savings -- and perhaps fewer trips to the expensive grocery store.

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