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Gardeners blooming faster than ground can handle


Chippewa Valley (WQOW) - Green houses, farms and florists alike, have started to see business grow about as fast as the grass is turning green.

According to the National Gardening Association, food gardening in the U.S. is at the highest levels in more than a decade.

“I've seen a growth in gardening and it's because people want to know where their food is coming from,” said Nancy Skelley, Garden Expert.

The report says millennials are the fastest growing population of food gardeners.

“I'm seeing a big huge growth in young families, late 20s early 30s, those people, because they want to feed their kids healthier foods and even a lot of college students are talking to me about growing some pots on the deck,” said Skelley.

Unless the ground is above 38 degrees, an easy way to plant is by pot. Skelley showed News 18 how to plant tomato, oregano, basil and thyme into a large pot. She said that the tomato plant needs to go in the center and the herbs need to be spread out along the outside.

While the ground isn't quite warm enough to plant some vegetables, there are others like onions, peas and potatoes, you can plant right now.

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