Dorset gardeners want potatoes as much as petunias!

Added on 04 June 2009

Poundbury Gardens in Dorchester has been inundated with requests to design vegetable growing borders and beds for gardens in Dorset. So far in 2009, the garden centre team have completed more garden designs with vegetable growing areas than in the whole of 2008 - a clear indication that people in the area are taking steps to improve their health and save money!

Poundbury Gardens, Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil and Castle Gardens in Sherborne, have all seen significant uplift in demand for vegetable seeds, young vegetable plants, seed potatoes and herb plants. So far this year, sales of home growing products have risen by 25% and demand keeps growing.

James Foster-Pegg of Poundbury Gardens comments: "Last year around half a dozen of the garden designs we completed had vegetable growing areas in them. Contrast that with this year when almost 50% of all the designs we have been asked to do have stipulated that a growing area must be part of the final garden plan. We've been asked to include raised beds, soft fruit areas and plenty of traditional herb gardens. Whether it's the economic climate and people are thinking of ways that they can save money by growing food, or that people are realising the benefits of fresh, home grown produce, we are not sure, but we can say that it is a dramatic increase and it is across all age groups."

Edible plants can be grown in small gardens, on windowsills, in tubs, hanging baskets, plant pots, old china sinks and even in re-cycled compost bags. "Growing your own can save money but the main reason to plant a row of carrots or a few runner beans amongst the flower border is flavour - freshly picked vegetables taste superb and there is nothing like pulling a carrot, running it under the tap and eating it," said James.

For further information about the Gardens Group garden design service please contact James Foster-Pegg at Poundbury Gardens on tel: 01305 257250.

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