Veggie Gardening Survey for New Gardeners

If you’re a home-vegetable gardener who started gardening within the last 5 years, would you please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey? The information will help determine how many new gardeners intend to keep on gardening.

Are you a fair weather gardener or do you plan to continue planting vegetable gardens for as long as you can lift a watering can?

That’s what a survey aimed at new-home gardeners is trying to determine.

George Weigel, a garden writer for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Penn., has his ear to the ground and heard rumblings that a lot of new vegetable gardeners are ready to pack it in after a difficult growing season.

George collaborated with Steve Bogash, a regional vegetable specialist with Penn State Extension, to create a 15-question survey to find out if new gardeners will be throwing in their trowels.

The survey is aimed at new vegetable and herb gardeners and asks questions like what they tried growing, the problems they encountered, and whether they plan to keep gardening or not…and why.

Gardeners taking the survey remain anonymous and the results will be shared with interested media and garden-industry representatives. I’ll ask George to share the results with me and will post them here when available.

If you’re interested in taking the short survey, follow this link: The survey closes November 19.

Questions? Email George directly at


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