Saving on produce

On the Money
June 24, 2008 4:52:55 PM PDT
In our series "On the Money", cutting costs at the grocery store by skipping the produce section. More people are turning to their own gardens and growing their own vegetables.

It's a growing phenomenon. More and more people are digging in and growing a garden of their own.

"I actually grow tomatoes, basil, and zuchinni, and sometimes peppers, but they don't always work out," said Nancy Licata.

She started experimenting with growing vegetables for a number of reasons.

"It's a sign of summer. It makes us all feels so good and it's cost efficient," adds Licata.

"I think it's cost saving because I can pick when I want it, not necessarily just sitting in my fridge," said Elizabeth Czelawalnik.

Even though there are not official statistics at Hicks Nursery in Westbury, they've seen a dramatic increase in sales across the board, from seeds to plants.

"Lately we're seeing a lot more interest in growing your own vegetables because of the higher cost of food prices," said Vinnie Drzewucki.

Cultural expert says one thing people should know is growing your own garden isn't as hard as you think.

Best of all growing your own garden can save you on gas since you won't be driving to the grocery stores.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News Long Island reporter Lauren DeFranco

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