Modern Living: The Great Hoe-Down

"A Garden," burbled Victorian Poet Thomas Edward Brown, "is a lovesome thing, God wot!" In pinchpenny times like today, a patch of home-growing vegetables can also be economical, ecologically desirable, even chic. In fact, millions of Americans will be out hoeing and sowing this year in the biggest land rush since the victory-garden boom of World War II.

Los Angeles Mayor Thomas Bradley is setting out cherry tomatoes in rows of planters he ordered for city hall's fifth-floor terrace. Governor Milton Shapp has become the jolly green giant of Pennsylvania by getting 25...

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