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Cabin Fever? Start Planning the Garden!

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Planning your garden during the winter and early spring can help you get a jump start and give you an idea of what you'll need for the season so you can be prepared. 1

Eugene resident Sarah Barton said she grew up in Los Angeles and never had the chance to try to grow her own food, but she always wanted to try. This spring Barton, 31, will get her chance when she and her children transform part of their south Eugene lawn into a vegetable garden. Her family is one of an estimated 43 million households in the United States that plan to grow their own food this year, up 19 percent from last year, according to a National Gardening Association study conducted in January. Tough economic times and a slew of layoffs, including the recent loss of 2,000 jobs at RV maker Monaco Coach Corp., may have provided that extra nudge for anyone sitting on the garden fence. But interest in vegetable gardening is growing, according to area garden centers, local seed producer Territorial Seed Co., the coordinator of Eugene's community gardens program, and the Oregon State University Extension Service, which freely distributes gardening advice. 2
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