Gardening bug continues to grow

THE gardening bug has reached epic proportions in Morpeth as a town centre shop reports rocketing sales in ‘grow your own’ products.

The Original Factory Shop in the Market Place has recorded a staggering 165 per cent increase in its summer sales of the Grow Your Own range from the same period last year.

And there is no sign of the trend slowing up, with packets of seeds, mini greenhouses, salad blends and summer flowering bulbs flying off the shelves.

The store now plans to extend its range, investing in 80 per cent more stock for the 2012 season.

Manager Kim Duncan said: “We began to see an increase in sales of our Grow Your Own ranges back in 2010.

“At the time, people were becoming more savvy about where food has come from and what’s in it. Growing your own food seemed to be a low cost way of gaining that knowledge and eating organic food.

“Now it seems to be the greater need to get back to nature that is driving people to start developing their own fruit and veg patches.

“We’ve been delighted to see this trend continue to grow and we’re already planning bigger ranges and more stock for summer 2012.”