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Its time to take a peek at the latest Garden Trends report from the Garden Writers Association Foundation (GWAF). The GWAF surveys men and women across the country on how their garden grew and what they plan to spend money on for their lawns and gardens.
(h3)See how your garden trends compare with gardeners across America.
78 million gardening households that have a lawn, garden or grow plants in containers, more than half (54%) grew vegetables last year.
Consumers spend the most money on lawns and grass. Next popular are fruits and veggies with flowers next and trees last.
Conserving Water
Mulching tops the list of for gardeners efforts to conserve water (28%). Drought-tolerant plants and drip irrigation are also popular. Rain Barrel use registered at 12%.
Thirty percent of consumers say they don’t water, while slightly over one-quarter (28%) have not made any plans to conserve water.
People are starting to use gardening apps. Presently the numbers are under 5 percent.

We asked consumers who have a lawn or garden to rate their interest level in organic gardening: Earth friendly gardening, native plants, web-based gardening information, food gardening, and garden blogs. Shown below are how consumers ranked each item:
Food Gardening (60%)
Earth Friendly Gardening (43%)
Organic Gardening (42%)
Native plants (39%)
Web-based gardening information (27%)
Garden Blogs (7%)

I mainly blog about food, which makes me happy to see the 60% above.
Consider yourself to be in the top in your class. Only 7% turn to the internet for advice.

Disclaimer: I’m a member of Garden Writers Association and have access to quarterly Garden Trends reports. Surveys are conducted for GWA by Technometrica Market Intelligence of Ramsey, NJ.

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
Currently I’m a cook at a college in Pennsylvania. We prepare everything we can from scratch, including our potato chips that tout the seasoning of the day!
Of course I write about food; it's in my blood!

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