Andrea Jaeger first started gardening as a child, planting vegetables with her parents back home in Ohio. Now, Jaeger, a transplanted Chattanooga resident, has her own small vegetable garden, mostly featuring greens and okra.
"I just kind of tore [the ground] up and put it in," she said of her backyard. If she had her druthers, she would plant a lot more.
Fortunately, Jaeger has the opportunity to do more planting as an intern at Crabtree Farms. This weekend, Crabtree is having a plant sale for people who, like Jaeger, want to spend time gardening at home.
There are many benefits of growing at home, said farm manager Joel Houser.
"It's certainly cheaper to grow at home than to buy it, and it's also better food, with higher nutrient content. And it's a good family interaction and a good way to get a little outside time and some exercise."
For those who might be intimidated at the notion of growing a garden, Houser said the first time is the hardest.
"There's always something you can do better, but the fact is those plants want to grow," he said. "As long as you give them a little fertilizer, keep them weeded and give them water, they'll grow."
Tips and things to know:
the easiest. We're a little bit too warm for raspberries. Blackberries are very hardy, and they don't need very specific soil conditions," said Houser.