Get growin!

The National Gardening Association (NGA), conducted a survey in January asking about 2008 food gardening activities and plans for 2009 activities. Here are some highlights:

In 2008, 36 million households (31%) had a food garden. In 2009, 43 million households (37%) plan to have a food garden.
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21% of households will start food gardening in 2009.
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Among households that plan to start a food garden in 2009, 11% intend to start growing herbs; 10% will start growing vegetables in containers; 5% will start a vegetable garden; 4% will start growing fruits or berries.
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1 in 3 households surveyed were motivated to grow food because of the economy. However, the recession is just one of the many trend-drivers, suggesting the interest in food gardening may continue to increase.