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Home Gardens May Cut Grocery Costs

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The answer to saving money on food might be in your own backyard or on patio. With home budgets tight, gardening is expected to be real popular this summer.

Some neighborhoods even have community gardens. The folks who run one in South Nashville are anticipating a busy summer.

"More and more people are interested. I read about it everyday," says Gigi Gaskins.

In a bad economy, community gardens like Wedgewood Urban Gardens become a lot more popular. Gaskins owns the land, but she lets the neighborhood use it to grow food.

"We just have like a small core of maybe about ten people right now, but those numbers will grow this year for sure," she says. "We've already been out here to plant some things."

The peas are already popping out of the ground.

"I hope they're going to make it," says Gaskins. "It got really cold."

Gaskins and other gardeners believe home and community gardens will become even more popular this summer because of the economy.

Gardeners have the same opinion at this year's Nashville Lawn and Garden Show.

"The economy? Yes, it's making a big difference. People are getting more cost conscious on different things," says master gardener Donald Hover.

He is ready to answer lots of questions at this year's show about the most cost effective way to plant a home garden.

"To me, conserve, recycle. You know, don't be a throw-away society," says Hover.

He recommends growing tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and several types of beans in Middle Tennessee.

"This is rosemary. It's an herb and it's great for cooking," says Hover.

Some herbs grow year round. Hover says heirloom seeds or plants are best because they have been genetically engineered to resist diseases and withstand Tennessee's hot weather.

Gaskins says gardening is a great hobby with big results.  

"Maybe save some money. That's not why I do it, but some people may," she says.

It's not too early to start planting potatoes, carrots, broccoli, lettuce and peas just to name a few.

For a complete list and tips on how to grow your own garden, visit the UT Extension's home garden site.

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