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Home Gardening Statistics in the US

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  • Gene Caballero
  • April 09, 2021

Home gardening, like baseball is a great American pastime. And gardening is alive and well. Have you ever wondered about what is growing in your neighbors garden? Well, you could ask them, or you could check out this great infographic. 

What percentage of households in the US have gardens?

In the US about 25% of households garden. In the west 23% of Americans Garden, in the mid-west 26%, in the northeast 22%, and in the south 29% of Americans gardens. 

What is the vegetable that is grown the most in the US?

Hands down the tomato is the most popular vegetable grown in US gardens with 86% of gardens growing them. Followed by 47% of gardens that have cucumbers and 46% include sweet peppers. 

How many households have gardens?

In 2008 there were 36 million gardens in the US, and by 2009 there were 43 million houses with gardens. 

How much is spent on gardening in the US?

The total nationwide spend on gardening is 2.5 billion dollars. The average garden yields $600 of produce in a year, minus the spend per household of $70. The average household returns $530 each year from their garden. 

How much time does it take to keep up a vegetable garden? 

The average home gardener will spend about 5 hours a week in a garden. These tasks will include weeding, planting seeds, watering, and moving dirt. The more time a homeowner spends the more they will gain from their backyard garden?

What is the average size of a US garden?

According to this infographic the average size of American vegetable gardens are 600 square feet, while most gardens are actually around 96 square feet. 96 feet is 12 feet by 8 feet of garden space. 


At the end of the day gardening for food is a great hobby that has great returns on investment. Whether you are growing a small plot in your front yard, or have dedicated acreage. One thing is for sure. Gardening is time well spent. Check out the Mother Nature Network for more great gardening info.

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