A survey of 1300 new gardeners shows they’re already hooked on vegetable gardening.
George Weigel, a garden writer for the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Penn., and Steve Bogash, a Penn State University Extension Specialist, created a 15-question survey to find out if new vegetable and herb gardeners planned to keep on gardening in the future.
They wanted to conduct a survey of new vegetable gardeners because George heard through the grapevine that many of those new to gardening were ready to quit after one difficult gardening season.
The survey asked questions about the crops gardeners planted, how they tried growing them, and what problems they encountered during the season. Any gardener who started gardening in the last five years was invited to participate.
The results are in and I posted them on my VegetableGardener.com blog yesterday. Some of the highlights include:
- 91 percent plan to plant a garden again
- 42 percent plan to expand their garden
- 8 percent will scale back the size of their garden
- 1 percent are calling it quits
I was surprised to find that growing herbs came in right after tomatoes and peppers as gardeners’ favorite crops and that almost 90 percent of new gardeners had organic vegetable gardens.
George also gathered comments on “What do you wish you had known about vegetable gardening before you got started?”
If you’re interested in what new gardeners had to say, or you’d like to add your own comments, please visit “Vegetables Can Break Your Heart” at www.VegetableGardener.com