I garden but not as much as I should or could. It's good exercise, cheap and gets you tasty stuff. It's easy - I stuff bottles of olive oil with herbs I grow and use that all winter. I am a star. Apparently my hobby is taking off:
Seed companies and garden shops say that not since the rampant inflation of the 1970s has there been such an uptick in interest in growing food at home. Space in community gardens across the country has been sold out for several months. In Austin, Tex., some of the gardens have a three-year waiting list. George C. Ball Jr., owner of the W. Atlee Burpee Company, said sales of vegetable and herb seeds and plants are up by 40 percent over last year, double the annual growth for the last five years. “You don’t see this kind of thing but once in a career,” he said. Mr. Ball offers half a dozen reasons for the phenomenon, some of which have been building for the last few years, like taste, health and food safety, plus concern, especially among young people, about global warming. But, Mr. Ball said, “The big one is the price spike.” The striking rise in the cost of staples like bread and milk has been accompanied by increases in the price of fruits and vegetables.Start with onions as well as the herbs. Onions, baby. Spend twenty bucks and get 1500 to 2000 onions to braid and hang in the basement. Lasts you a year and a half. Saves billions. Hard to do in an apartment but I know you. You're smart. You can do it.