Gardening Newbie Returns for Second Season

| 3/11/2010 12:19:02 PM

Tags: garden, tomato, pepper,

Jean TellerLast season was my first foray into gardening. From taking control of my front garden area (with my sister’s help) to container gardening on my back porch, I actually enjoyed getting my hands dirty.

Two recent press releases brought home the fact that I’m not the only new gardener out there. According to the National Gardening Association, one out of five gardeners are new to the hobby. So it seems I’m in good company!

Those of us who started our first gardens last year did so for better-tasting food (58 percent of the respondents to the association’s survey), to save money on food bills (54 percent), for better quality food (51 percent), and to grow food we know is safe (48 percent).

The association expects 43 million households in the United States to grow their own vegetables, herbs and berries this year. That’s an increase of 19 percent from last year, according the association’s survey of January 2009.

Many people are adding vegetable gardens to their backyards these days.

The Garden Writers Association Foundation conducted a survey, too. (Popular pastime for organizations, eh?!) Their numbers show 7.7 million households planted a vegetable garden for the first time in 2009, increasing the number of such households to 41 million. For 2010, 37 percent of gardeners said they would increase their edible gardens, 29 percent plan to plant the same amount as in 2009, and a mere 1 percent plan to plant less.

Jean Teller
6/7/2010 9:38:07 AM

Yes, I do believe I'm hooked, Jean! This year's garden - which I'll write about soon - consists of a Brandywine tomato, a cherry tomato, two red peppers, oregano and basil. Hope to add thyme to the mix soon. The problem: I have two pots left, and I don't know what to put in them! LOL

Jean Picard_2
6/4/2010 4:30:11 PM

Jean, that's wonderful! That you came back for a second season means you're probably hooked. I couldn't take the time (at the right time) to plant much this year, just tomatoes and peppers. Tomatoes are a must!

Jean Teller
3/12/2010 12:27:06 PM

Hi, Cindy! Yep, I'm a glutton for punishment, I guess. :-D I also really enjoyed the fresh tomatoes for the short time I had them! Hmmmm, I may have to consider a dirt-under-the-fingernails photo. I often wear gloves, but ..... Oh, and I have some new gardening gear/tools I'll be blogging about too.