As gardeners count down the days until they can get outside and begin planting, a new consumer survey shows edible plants will be a large part of their gardens this year. The survey of 600 gardeners nationwide, conducted by Garden Safe brand, shows that 75% of respondents plan to grow vegetables in their gardens and 50% indicate they will be growing fruits and herbs. 

GARDENERS CITE BETTER TASTE, FUN ACTIVITY & COST SAVINGS AS PRIMARY REASON TO GARDEN

As the garden-to-table or gardening for food trend has grown in popularity over the past several years, so have gardeners’ appetites to branch out beyond the traditional garden staples and try their hand at growing a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs.  Additionally, while long seen as a rural and suburban hobby, food gardening is now actively embraced by people living in urban areas.  Decks, roofs and small city yards now play host to productive personal gardens.

MOST ESSENTIAL GARDEN TOOL

Pest management also was noted as an important issue by the majority of those polled. First, insect control products were tied with the shovel as the most essential gardening product or tool.  Second, 75% of the respondents believe that natural products are just as effective, if not more, than chemical pesticides.

In recent years, consumers are becoming more environmentally friendly and gardeners are seeking naturally based alternatives to manage pests and weeds. Retailers have responded to this buying trend, with retail garden centers expanding shelf space and in some cases, creating special store sections for natural and organic gardening products.

[Source:  Survey conducted by Garden Safe Brands/Spectrum Brand Holdings Inc.  9 Apr. 2012.  Web.  9 Apr. 2012.]