According to a National Gardening Association (NGA) study titled The Impact of Home and Community Gardening In America, 7 million more households plan to grow fruits, vegetables, berries and herbs in food gardens in 2009. That figure is up 19 percent from the 36 million households that had food gardens in 2008.
NGA also reports 21 percent of food gardening households in 2009 will be new to gardening, and a small portion (11 percent) of households already active in food gardening plan to increase the amount and variety of vegetables they grow this year.
A few other key findings:
- About 5 million households are extremely or very interested in having community gardens located near their home.
–The average spent on all types of food gardening in 2008 was $70 per participating household.
–The most popular vegetables with home gardeners are tomatoes, which 86 percent say they’ll grow this year.
To read NGA’s full report, click here.