10/16/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Return Of The Victory Garden? Homegrown Veggies Save Money

I don't have a green thumb.

When little plants misbehave, their parents threaten to send them to my yard.

But with supermarket prices for produce on the rise, it seemed a good time to try, yet again, to grow a vegetable garden. And I wouldn't be alone. According to the National Garden Assn., hard times seed more gardens.

"The high point we had was in 1975, 1976, when there was a gas crisis and Gerald Ford had his Whip Inflation Now program," said Bruce Butterfield, research director for the association, which has been tracking gardening since 1973. "At that point, 49% of households had them."

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