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If you had the space and didn't have to dig and make manure, wouldn't you love to grow vegetables on your own? Germany might have the answer.

Rentable vegetable gardens that were pre-planted and planted for one season are becoming increasingly popular as a source to recreation after the coronavirus pandemic. However, food prices have risen, which has driven up demand.

The national political agenda was triggered by March's inflation figures, which showed that fresh vegetable prices had risen 15% in one year.

Meine Ernte ("My Harvest") is a company that rents small plots of land in Germany to city dwellers who want to grow vegetables. This year, the company has increased its stock by one-sixth to 3,500 plots to meet increasing demand.

Natalie Kirchbaumer, co-founder, said that the demand for coronavirus vaccines and the current situation in Ukraine have increased dramatically over the past two years. She spoke at a Berlin garden.

"People are seeing that food is getting more expensive and food is becoming less scarce."

A plot measuring 49 square metres (527 square feet) is available for 229 euros ($241). This includes a short introduction to gardening and fresh produce.

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He said that the cost factor was a problem, especially right now.

A briefing by Kirchbaumer is given to the first group of beginners. Next, we mark out plots and water the lettuce shoots.

In about four weeks, the first one will be ready. There will also be about 20 other vegetables available for harvest, including chard and cabbages, turnips, potatoes, and turnips.

Some people will be content with this; others might be eager to do more.

Wanda Ganders, Wanda's co-founder, stated that these growers will be able to save as much as half or two-thirds on the price of their produce.

Ganders stated that one couple was able to produce almost half a tonne of vegetables, 450 kilograms, depending on the weather.

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