Recession gardens and edible landscapes are just two of the terms being used to describe America's renewed love of home gardening. According to the National Gardening Association, 7 million more households are planning to grow their own fruits, vegetables and herbs in 2009, a 19% increase from the prior year. In South Carolina, home to W. Lee Flowers & Co.'s chain of IGA supermarkets, director of produce Cecil Spurlock notes that residents are grappling with one of the highest unemployment rates of all the states.
“I'd look for people to grow tomatoes, bell peppers, squash and staples like that,” he said. “If they don't have a garden, they might just have a tomato bush or something like that out back.”