Valley millennials jumping on the gardening trend this fall

Gardening is sprouting amongst millennials.

PHOENIX - It’s the prime time to spruce up your yards and restart your vegetable gardens in Arizona.

And now, more millennials than ever are jumping on the trend making seasoned gardeners' work a little harder to find their favorite plants.

Anjela Scott is only nine months into her gardening hobby and is part of a newer generation dabbling in homegrown goods.

“YouTube too actually helps a lot with learning how often to water," Scott said. "There’s a lot of minerals you can give them to help them grow faster.”

And growing her own veggies is more than just putting fresh food on the table for her kids.

“It gives them responsibility too and it makes them appreciate things," Scott said.

Keeping busy at SummerWinds Nursery, employee Jimmy watches more millennials test out their green thumbs every day.

“Gardening is one of the old standbys," Jimmy said. "It kind of relaxes you after a day of work and you have something to show for your effort.”

According to the National Gardening Survey, there are 90 million households engaging in lawn and gardening. That’s up 6 million from 2014.

More hands in the dirt means more demand for seeds. Now gardeners who have been tending their crops for decades are watching some of their favorite fall varieties fly off shelves at shops around the Valley.

“The whole organic gardening, people don’t trust the supermarkets to tell them if it really is organic so they want to grow it themselves," Jimmy said.

It's a hobby that didn’t even cross Scott’s mind a decade ago.

“When I was younger, growing herbs and fruits and vegetables was only something that farms did, so I didn’t have a care for it," she said.

A hobby sprouting into a part of her family’s everyday life.

Now that it’s finally starting to cool down, some of the best kinds of vegetables to plant this time of year are broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower.

For more gardening tips, visit summerwindsnursery.com

Copyright 2016 KPNX


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