Taking A Closer Look At Gardening In The United States
Here in the United States, gardening is an incredibly common activity, one that is loved by a wide number of people all throughout the country. Cultivating a green thumb can sometimes take a bit of time, but it is ultimately something that is more than worth it at the end of the day, of this there is no doubt. After all, the popularity of gardening is very much on the rise, with the market for gardening in the United States alone growing by around $10 billion throughout the year of 2018 in and of itself. In the time that has passed since, the popularity of having a green thumb is one that has certainly only continued to rise. After all, the success of gardening is quite clear when we look at the fact that the market for home improvement and gardening was already more than $250 billion by the year of 2017.
But who is, throughout the country, cultivating this green thumb? Currently, older generations still make up the majority of all gardeners, accounting for around 35% of the total gardening popular. However, the cultivation of a green thumb has become something of interest for more and more younger people as well. As a matter of fact, more than 25% of all gardeners (around 29% of them, to be just a bit more exact) actually now fall between the young ages of 18 and 34, something that shows quite clearly just how interested in having a green thumb young people have become.
Of course, there are a number of considerations to make when it comes to growing your own green thumb. First of all, understanding your spatial limitations is important. For those who have an expansive yard, starting to garden can be quite easy. However, some people might not have access to that same amount of space, such as is common for those renting an apartment or even living in a full home in any given metropolitan area. In some cases, said people will not even have a yard (or will have to share it with their neighbors). Ultimately, this might lead people to think that they won’t be able to garden at all and that cultivating a green thumb is largely pointless.
However, gardening is still possible in some forms. For one thing, growing houseplants has become more popular than ever. The data on the subject more than supports that, showing that nearly one third of all people have at least one houseplant in their home. Growing houseplants can be hugely beneficial for your home environment as well, adding color and interesting aesthetics throughout your home. Houseplants can even clean your air as well, bettering your overall quality of living. Of course, you can decide to grow something like herbs in your kitchen as well, as small way to grow your green thumb that will actually be useful as well.
When it comes to gardening, be it a yard garden or, if you lack a backyard, the growth of houseplants or even herbs within your home, you must also consider cost. After all, the average person spent more than $140 on gardening back in the year of 2016, a total amount that has only climbed in the time passing since. The data even shows this, as the average household cost for gardening was more than $500 by the next year. It’s clear that the cost of gardening can add up, but budgeting well can help to save you money.
When you’re first beginning to cultivate your green thumb, check out both local garden centers and local plant nurseries. These places can offer you a wide variety of plants to choose from and can also help to provide you with information about gardening and your green thumb. After all, the employees at such stores will be very knowledgeable (in the vast majority of cases) about what they are selling, making stores like these good for just about any gardener out there, but especially ideal for someone who is new to the hobby. At the end of the day, gardening is for everyone and there is plenty information out there to be had about it.