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Wilmington business promotes organic gardening

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Rising food prices aren't hurting everyone. One Wilmington business is benefiting from the high prices, by selling people the idea of growing their own vegetables. At first glance, Progressive Gardens in Wilmington looks like your typical gardening supply store. But, not only will you walk out with tools to garden, but also an education lesson to sprout your interest in growing a garden naturally. Progressive Gardens owner Evan Folds said, "If your conscious of everything your putting into your soil being natural and being able to be digested by the micro-organisms in the soil, you've done your job." Progressive Gardens promotes using organic materials to care for your lawn, or start your own vegetable garden. As food prices rise, Folds said he has seen an increase of consumers wanting to cut out the middle man and grow their own produce. "You hear people seeking out different sources of food and healthier sources of food," said Folds. Folds said, "To start your own home garden is pretty simple. All you need is a pack of seeds, soil and water. Progressive Gardens teaches you how to do it naturally." Folds said cutting out fast grow products, chemical fertilizers and pesticides is the best way to keep your garden healthy and environmental friendly. "Taking a more natural approach fixes every aliment that you might be concerned with in regards to run off, but it's a very serious issue for sure," said Folds. If you want to take natural gardening a step further, you could also try composting. Start by taking table scraps, old newspapers and debris and put it into a container. It will eventually turn into natural fertilizer for your yard. To jump start the process, Progressive Gardens offers a mixture containing the right bacteria and nutrients to start you off. "When you start to figure out how much we throw away that can be decomposed and be used as soil, it's really amazing," said Folds. What was once trash can eventually turn into a healthy, earth friendly treasure. Instead of grabbing your gardening hose to water your lawn, Folds said it is much better to gather rain water to help your garden, and prune down your water bill as well.

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