My mind wanders. Are others out weeding today, too? What are they growing?
What do people plant?
If you’re like me, you’re curious. So, as an excuse to cool off, I go to the Internet and conduct some research.
1.In 2008, 36 million people tended a garden.
2.The next year, in 2009, 43 million decided to try their hand at growing things.
3.About 79% of home gardeners have attended or graduated from college.
4.A total of 68% of those plant tenders are over 44 years old.
5.How many of those involved in food growing are female? Some 54%.
6.How much time does a typical gardener spend tending her plants? Five hours a week.
7.The average amount of money spent on one garden: $70 per summer.
8.And what is a typical yield of a vegetable or flower garden? About $530. (So all that weeding and watering does pay off -- and, chance are, I'll get that salsa I’m hoping for.)
9.Which brings me to another topic. I’m raising tomatoes, which, I expect, is typical of the average grower. Yes, I'm right: The most popular vegetable grown is the tomato.
10.One Website says the second most planted vegetable is the pepper while another states that the cucumber ranks second.
11.The third spot goes to either cucumbers or pepper -- depending on the site you choose.
12.The next favorite that people plant is either beans or onions, depending on the Website you trust.
13.And what are other popular vegetables to plant? Carrots, radishes, lettuce, peas, sweet corn, and summer squash.
Do you have a garden? How are your plants doing? What are you hoping to harvest?
I’m an enthusiastic learner as far as horticulture goes. My preferred Website for this kind of information is http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/ag-06.html