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With the current economic downturn, more Americans are turning to vegetable gardens. Photo courtesy of ManjithKainickara.

The Recession and DIY

The slowdown in the economy has led some Americans to start "insourcing" or, as we call it at renovateyourworld.com, "do it yourself." According to a recent article on MSNBC (that has since gone offline), sales of herbs, tomato and pepper seeds are surging at Wal-Mart as more Americans grow their own food. Others are canceling their lawn services to mow and tend their yards themselves. According to Paco Underhill, a noted retail consultant, "Americans have always taken some pride in doing things for themselves." He predicts the trend will continue even after the recession is a "distant memory." A trend for the better, in my opinion.

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