Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: A change of climate for gardening too
As we talk climate change in the midst of a winter that has smacked us with some of the coldest sustained temperatures we’ve had in a long time and walloped some of us with snow, while others went without, there’s a change of climate in the gardening world too.
Chairman and CEO of Burpee says that vegetables are taking over the gardening world and that is creating a spinoff hobby – home cooking.
Also, Greg Ina, vice president at The Davey Institute in Kent, Ohio has reports that people are going beyond the anecdotal understanding that trees are good — beyond beautification, to natural functions like pollution and wellness. Trees clean our outdoor air.
Not all that long ago, organic gardening was considered a bunch of hippies growing some produce. U.S. farms and ranches sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities in 2016, up 23 percent from $6.2 billion the year before. Of 2016 sales, 56 percent was for crops ($4.2 billion), 44 percent for livestock, poultry, and related products ($3.4 billion).
Wisconsin has over a thousand certified organic farms while Minnesota is lagging with 545. California ranks highest with over 2700.
Hydroponics is a growing industry, pun intended, in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Hydroponics, or growing plants in a nutrient solution root medium, is a growing area of commercial food production and also is used for home food production by hobbyists. Learn about the state-of-the-art techniques for producing food in a controlled, soilless setting. Learn more from the USDA.