Last year, we asked people to rank the season on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being very poor. Most folks say 2010 was just OK. Average rank: 6. The region that had the worst gardening year was in the South, specifically Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. They ranked the season 4.9. Folks in New England (RI, VT, NH, ME, MA, CT) had it best, giving a rank of 6.9.
We’ve looked at the results from the 2010 How Did Your Garden Grow survey. More than 17,000 gardeners responded, and here’s what they told us …
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being very poor and 10 being excellent, rate the gardening season:
Most folks say 2010 was just OK. Average rank: 6. The region that had the worst gardening year was in the South, specifically Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. They ranked the season 4.9. Folks in New England (RI, VT, NH, ME, MA, CT) had it best, giving a rank of 6.9.
|Atlantic (DC, MD, DE, VA, WV)||5.3|
|Northeast central (MI, IL, WI, OH, IN)||6.3|
|Mid-Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)||6.3|
|Mountain (WY, CO, AZ, MT, ID, UT, NM, NV)||6.0|
|Pacific (WA, CA, HI, OR, AK)||5.3|
|South Atlantic (NC, GA, FL, SC)||5.3|
|Northwest central (SD, KS, MO, IA, ND, MN, NE)||6.0|
|Southwest central (AR, TX, OK, LA)||5.4|
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What do you grow?
- 40% An even mix of flowers and edibles
- 34% Mostly edibles
- 16% Mostly flowers
- 5% Mainly landscaping and lawn care
What were your biggest gardening challenges?
For most gardeners, hot weather was the top challenge. The top 10:
- Hot weather
- Not enough time
- Insect pests
- Soil conditions
- Animal pests
Despite the relatively bad year, most gardeners seem to feel that any year in the garden is a good one. Now is the time to make plans for 2011. Here are some ways to get started:
- Use the Kitchen Garden Planner, our free, online garden-planning tool. You’ll find several raised bed plans, including the High-Yield Garden and the Cook’s Choice Garden. Or, use the tool to design your own rows, beds — even your entire garden site.
- Be ready for hot weather with watering tools and drought-proofing techniques. More information: Gardening Techniques for Dry Weather.
- Start some seeds. There’s no better way to ensure hope for the new season. More information: All About Seedstarting.