Thanks to all 300 of you who took part in our GardenRant Readers Survey. In case you were wondering who you are, we have an answer:
You are 40-49 years old. That’s just about 1/3 of you. Another third of you are 40 under (and we know you’re not lying about your age!) So the idea that gardeners are 50+? Not so much on GardenRant. Only about a third of you are 50+.
You are female. Are you ever! 80% of GR readers are women. Which is interesting, because I KNOW more than 20% of our regular commenters are men.
(some of) You are slackers. Over a third of you read GR at work. We should install a "boss button" that pops up a spreadsheet in case the boss walks by.
You’re sociable. Just over 60% of you read garden blogs "to meet like-minded people." 10% are looking for story ideas. Half of you are looking for concrete information. Most of you are looking for entertainment & inspiration. One person commented that he/she reads garden blogs because of "boredom." Glad we could help.
You don’t necessarily blog. About 37% of you have blogs.
You have a suburban/medium garden–under 1 acre. That’s 60 percent of you. About 12-15% have a larger garden, and the same percentage have a condo, townhouse, or other postage-stamp garden. (We forgot to include community gardens, and several of you reminded us of that.)
You’re not lawn-obsessed. 58 percent of you have lawns. You’re into just about everything else, and even the smaller numbers are impressive: 18 percent have meadow/prairie and 27 percent have water/pond gardens. 68 percent grow natives, 80 percent grow edibles, and about 75 percent do containers.
You’re spending some money. 45 percent of you will drop $100 at the garden center "two or three times a year." About 5 percent of you will drop that kind of cash every weekend, and 25 percent will spend that kind of money "once every month or two." In the comments, some of you said that you are spending $20-$50 per month, "and it really adds up." I hear you!
You’re green. 30 percent of you are always, 100 percent, organic. 60 percent of you are "mostly" organic. One of you said, "I’m organic. Except when I’m not." Many of you said that you don’t feel guilty about your non-organic ways.
You’re shoppers. 40 percent of you visit 3-4 nurseries regularly. 35 percent of you visit even MORE than that!
So there you have it! Thanks for playing, folks!