Millennials are topping the list of household Gardening

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Millennials are topping the list of household Gardening

gardengirlcanada
The Video Gamer, Technology Geek Millennial Surprisingly Topped the List For Household Participation in Gardening!
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gardengirlcanada 55 in gardening
The Millennial group, ages 18-34. You know the ones that we thought that our planet was doomed because we couldn't get them off the couch and tear them away from their video games, well surprisingly this group of young people topped the list in the 2016 National Garden Survey for the largest increase in both gardening and spending in the Gardening Industry. Faith in Humanity Restored.

Millennials Gardening

According to the National Gardening Survey report About one out of three households participated in food gardening (36 percent).In general it is found that household spending is at an estimated $3.6 billion growing vegetables, fruit, berries and herbs, while the most important market force was 18- to 34-year-olds. Five million of the six million "new" gardening households were Millennials.

Let's look at the some of the other surprising trends and habits that are forming with this age group, which may appear to also be a surprise to some. Millennials are placing value on saving money. According to a survey conducted by TD Ameritrade, 72 percent of millennials are putting money aside for retirement purposes, 80 percent of them have a budget, and 51 percent have already created an emergency fund. All of this data shows that millennials are conscientious when it comes to dealing with money. Then, it should come as no surprise that they prefer gardening over buying their fruits and vegetables from the supermarket.

Millennials Care About the Environment. Are we coming full circle and will soon see more Woodstock such events? Millennials like to get creative and think outside the box when it comes to experimenting with food, suggests A Barkley survey shows that 65 percent of millennials love to cook. However, a larger interest is in (75 percent) eating food coming from other cultures. Therefore one could assume that millennials are gardening for the joy of the challenge this poses. They’re both adventurous eaters and adventurous cooks. That’s why gardening is the perfect outlet for them to express their creativity. They can try growing new and exotic things, see how they develop, and later use them for cooking purposes.

With Millennials more outdoor enthusiasts, it should be no surprise that they are expanding on what's edible. "People are including flowers and weeds as edibles as well as exploring more unusual and gourmet varieties of traditional vegetable crops," says Annette MaCoy, Penn State Extension educator and Master Gardener coordinator in Cumberland County. She's also seeing increased interest in foraging - finding wild edible plants and harvesting edible weeds from around the yard.

These are some interesting trends that actually make me very happy. I have 2 millennials in my home, who both fall into all these characteristic categories. Maybe Now they will actually listen to the wisdom of their grandparents instead of googling everything...LOL

Happy Trails

Sources:
https://everythingbackyard.net/millennials-are-gardening-data/
http://www.pennlive.com/gardening/2016/12/garden_trends_of_2017.html
TD Ameritrade
A Barkley
http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/26/millennials-love-gardening/