Gardening has always been one of America’s favorite hobbies. In 2009, $2.5 billion was spent on food gardening alone. Hungry for more fun facts? Here are 15 amazing gardening statistics that will give you a new perspective on your landscaping.
1. In a 2012 study, the Scarborough research group found that nearly half of Americans had gardened within the last year. Gardening makes you a part of 164-million member community!
2. This huge community is still growing. A 2009 study by the National Gardening Association found that the number of homeowners growing their own produce is on the rise. 2009 saw a 19% increase in home vegetable gardens over 2008.
3. How much money are you making on your vegetable garden? The same NGA study suggests that $70 worth of plantings yields $530-worth of produce. That’s a 650% profit!
4. Vegetable gardens are not the only plantings that have an impact. Michigan State University estimates that well-maintained landscaping can increase your home’s value by up to 11%.
5. In fact, a Clemson University study suggests that landscaping can return an investment up to and surpassing 100%. Make sure you protect your investment and prep your garden for winter.
6. Properly planted trees can save you a bundle. Shade from trees can reduce air conditioning costs by 25% or more during the summer, and the shielding they provide against wind can reduce heating costs by 10%.
7. The benefits of home gardening go beyond the bank. A poll by Gardeners’ World, a UK publication, found that 80% of gardeners were satisfied with their lives versus only 67% of non-gardeners.
8. Your physical health benefits from gardening, too. An hour of gardening burns 200 to 300 calories an hour. According to the NGA, the average gardener spends 5 hours a week with her hands in the dirt. That’s an average of 1250 calories burned a week!
9. In fact, a research project in Australia found that the act of gardening can fulfill every essential human need across four the existential states of being, doing, having and interacting.
10. 54% of gardeners are female, but young male gardeners are coming in strong. The NGA reports that males under the age of 34 spend $100 more on gardening annually than the average consumer.
11. The NGA also estimates that the extra $100 is likely spent on grass. Lawn care dominates the average American gardening budget.
12. Do you involve your children in gardening and landscaping? In a few years, your local schools may be teaching your kids to garden. The NGA revealed that 55% of Americans believe that gardening should be a part of school curriculum.
13. Where you learn to garden is just as interesting. Mother Earth News reports that 73% of Americans get their gardening instruction from seed packets versus 29% learning from books and magazines.
14. If you are not a gardener, you are not alone. 35% of non-gardeners told Mother Earth News that they do not have the space. 28% cited lack of time.
15. Finally, insects were sited as the biggest nuisance by 35% of those polled while weeds are the headache of 23% polled.
The National Gardening Association releases new gardening statistics every year. With any luck, next year’s numbers will show gardening becoming America’s number-one hobby.