A nationwide survey of more than 1 million households indicates that spending for vegetables and fruits grown in household gardens now surpasses spending for lawns, trees, shrubs – and even flowers. The same survey unearthed the following trends among gardeners:
53% grow vegetables in their gardens
90% plan to eat the produce fresh
66% will share with friends
36% will can or preserve produce
4% will donate food to others
Another survey, this one by the National Gardening Association, looked at the main reasons people grow food in their gardens:
58% desire better tasting food
54% want to save money on food bills
51% want better quality food
48% want to grow food they know is safe
Are you planning to plant vegetables this summer? Alas, both my front and back yards have lost all sun as the trees have grown in my neighborhood, and for the last few summers I’ve been limited to growing herbs and tomatoes in pots. This summer will likely be the same story.
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Thanks for the book recs, Lori! I’ll have to check them out and see if I can have more success this summer than I did last year.
I too have big trees, but I do have a little space where sun peeks through. I found a book, The Edible Container Garden by Michael Guerra, that explains how to garden even root vegetables in containers. Another book I’m reading is Mini Farming, Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett Markham. Gleaning some good information from this one too.
Hopefully I can get a few things out and see how it goes this summer.