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Published March 10, 2012, 05:46 PM

Garden Seminar gives Signs that Spring is Near

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- It is a sure sign spring is around the corner. Hundreds of people showed up for a spring and gardening seminar.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- It is a sure sign spring is around the corner.

Hundreds of people showed up for a spring and gardening seminar. It's not only teaching people how to garden, but is helping people save money.

Marie Risdal is a stay at home mom with three children. She has been gardening and canning for years.

Marie Risdal - Moorhead: "Tomatoes, beans, corn, cucumbers, beets."

This mother has even turned her love into a profitable business. She sells her canned garden goodness by the jar.

Marie: "Giving things to friends and family and then they said well you should sell it and I said ok."

Even though she is now making a profit off her goods, Risdal says saving money at the grocery store always comes first.

Marie: "You know I can put less than 50 bucks into seeds and I can fill all of our shelves for the year."

Shelly Pingel: "There is more people that are starting into the vegetable gardening that weren't always."

Shelly Pingel has worked at Levi Runions Garden Center in Sabin Minnesota for nearly 20 years. The green house has increased in size as more people turn to home gardening.

Shelly: "We have gone from a smaller green house to a much larger green house dedicating a lot more space to vegtables and herbs as well."

Tomatoes are usually the most popular vegetable grown in a home garden, but now more and more people are growing things like carrots and beans.

Shelly: "They will grow everything they need for those recipes as well, so they have everything right out of their garden and just make supper."

It seems the prices of just about everything are going up, and that is why Risdal will be passing on her money saving tips to her kids so they too can save a pretty penny.

Marie: "Went to the shelf with my son one time and I said now you see all of these jars here and I added them up and what it would be if I would of bought them it would have been 30 to 40 dollars and I said that is how much I can put into seeds."

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