By Debbie Arrington

Published: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010

Gardening grows on you. That's one reason so many people discover the hobby later in life.

Baby boomers are gravitating toward gardening as a way to exercise, unwind and spend time together. It's one of a number of trends that converged in backyards across America last summer as more than 7 million families planted vegetable gardens for the first time, according to the National Gardening Association and other experts.

Those newbies fueled a major boom for Burpee, the go-to seed source for generations.

"It's been a wonderful two years for us," Burpee owner George Ball says by phone from his Pennsylvania headquarters. "We were at the right place at the right time. So many trends came together at once. It was a perfect storm for vegetable gardening."

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