Home and garden departments are helping a new crop of customers get the gardening bug

Shoppers have shown their willingness to get their hands dirty in the kitchen — entertaining at home, making more home-cooked meals and mixing creative cocktails. This Do-It-Yourself mentality has extended into the home gardening sector, too, with shoppers' interest in food gardening consistently growing.

A whopping $3 billion was spent on food gardening last year. “The lion's share of that, over half of that, is spent on vegetable gardening,” said Bruc

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