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Keen gardeners are using the economic downturn as an excellent excuse to turn abandoned inner-city areas into food-filled vegetable patches, a newspaper has revealed.
Erin Caudell, outreach program coordinator at Mott Community College in Michigan, told the Flint Journal that people can transform their unused space into an urban garden by converting their kitchen waste into compost and planting seedlings in miniature greenhouses on their back porch.
Ms. Caudell revealed that there are around 100 such grocery gardens in the city of Flint, some belonging to individuals and others tended to by non-profit organizations.
"A lot more people are vegetable gardening in this economy," she told the newspaper.
"But it doesnt have to be a full-scale farm. It can be as simple as container plants on your back porch."
A recent survey by the National Gardening Association found that around 43 million American households plan to grow their own fruit and vegetables this year.
This is 19 per cent more than last year, suggesting that many people have recognized the potential for gardening to reduce their weekly shopping spend.