First-time gardeners and seasoned pros are jumping into the growing season. No matter where you live, whether it's in an apartment in the heart of the city or a house with a spacious backyard, vegetable and herb gardening is a fun, relaxing hobby that is easy to enjoy.
What makes vegetable and herb gardening such a popular pastime is that each person can make their own space to fit their needs. Whether you're into growing the most unique plants, a foodie looking for exciting new veggies, or just want more green in your life, you can create a unique garden just for you.
Trend No. 1: Fresh herb flavour
There's nothing like a fresh-cut sprig of parsley, basil, rosemary or any number of other herbs to liven up a meal. Gardeners’ get to enjoy the convenience of having a selection of popular herbs on hand and ready for any meal, no matter the season. The fresh flavours and scents of home-grown herbs can be enjoyed in so many ways, even in infused waters or DIY projects. The indoor herb collection is a perfect solution for those who might not have outdoor gardening space but crave the benefits that fresh herbs provide.
Trend No. 2: Fun and inventive veggies
Vegetable gardening is a great way to explore foods you may not have heard of, like Dragon Roll Shishito Pepper, which has become a hit on menus across the US. Milder than a jalapeno with great umami flavour, 1 in 10 peppers is spicy-hot for an intriguing meal experience. They're easy to grow in planters on patios or in the ground, making them the perfect choice for foodies.
Trend No. 3: Organic vegetable and herb gardening
It's common for people to look for organic food when grocery shopping. Likewise, more gardeners want to be sure the food they are growing is organic. This means using organic fertiliser and plant food, as well as growing certified organic vegetables and herbs. The organic label means these plants are free from chemical additives, which is better for the environment and for you. From sweet bell peppers and ripe tomatoes to crisp cucumbers and juicy strawberries, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing the source of your food.