The Greenhouse Neepawa is bursting with more vegetables than ever before to meet rising demand from both seasoned and beginner gardeners, including those looking to cut down on their grocery bills by growing their own food.
Many Canadians have gone from belt-tightening on spending to drawing on existing savings to make ends meet, according to the latest data from the Angus Reid Institute, a non-profit organization that conducts independent research across the country. One in three, or 34 percent, of Canadians say they’re either in “bad” or “terrible” shape financially, and despite a one-time grocery rebate from the federal government, many still struggle to afford nutritious food at the grocery store.
Enter the vegetable garden. Whether in a shared community allotment, a windowsill garden, patio pots, or large plots in a yard, many people across the province — some for the first time — are trying their hand at vegetable gardening.
“I’ve brought in more varieties and a larger number than we usually do,” said Sheri Grant, owner of the Greenhouse Neepawa. “I have well over 5,000 tomatoes. I have brought in more lettuce than I ever have, I’ve brought in more peppers.” She’s also introduced what is called “kitchen minis” — plants that grow small, multi-colored peppers. They’re marked at a dollar a plant and are well worth it, Grant said.
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