Growing your own organic groceries will be one of the hottest gardening trends this year.

In fact, a National Gardening Association survey reveals a 19% increase in new hobby country farms and urban edible gardens over the last year.

“It’s time to reclaim our land for our greater good,” says Margie Grace, the 2009 International Landscape Designer of the Year, as awarded by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

Americans can “take that food-­producing garden from the back 40 and put it wherever we want,” she says. “Reunite the ornamental with the edible—roses beside tomatoes, beds edged with herbs and veggies used as annuals.”

Grace and many of her colleagues are encouraging gardeners to “de­lawn” America by substituting vegetable and rain gardens. They want to eradicate “hell strips”—the wasted plots of grass between sidewalks and streets—and replace them with sustainable plants.

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