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Grow Your Own Savings

Lyssa Murray | Jun 13, 2024

Homegrown Health & Savings: The Benefits of Gardening

Gardening is a wonderful way to connect with nature, reduce stress, and enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor. Plus, there’s something incredibly satisfying about knowing exactly where your food comes from. Whether you have a spacious backyard or a small balcony, you can harvest many benefits from gardening. We surveyed 1,000 Americans to learn more about their experiences with home gardening and how it has impacted their lives.

 

Key Takeaways

  • On average, home gardeners save around $80 a month on groceries by growing their own food.
  • Nearly 60% of Americans say inflation’s impact on the cost of fruits and vegetables prompted them to start or expand a home garden.
  • 67% of home gardeners have experienced improved mental health since starting a home garden.
  • Nearly 1 in 10 home gardeners primarily eat only the produce they grow at home.

 

Why Americans Garden

  • The average American spends $350 a month on groceries. Spending by generation:
  • Baby boomers: $330
  • Gen X: $375
  • Millennials: $340
  • Gen Z: $270
  • Nearly 60% of Americans say inflation’s impact on the cost of fruits and vegetables prompted them to start or expand a home garden. Percentage in each generation who agree: 
    • Baby boomers: 49%
    • Gen X: 60%
    • Millennials: 56%
    • Gen Z: 73%
  • On average, home gardeners spend about $200 to set up their gardens. Based on the average savings from growing produce at home, these initial costs pay for themselves within 3 months.
  • On average, home gardeners save about $80 a month on groceries by growing their own food. Monthly savings breakdown by crop type:
    • Vegetables: $40
    • Fruits: $22
    • Herbs: $17
  • Fresh produce needs met through home gardening efforts:
    • 60% meet up to 25% of their produce needs through home gardening.
    • 29% meet 26-50% of their produce needs through home gardening.
    • 10% meet 51-75% of their produce needs through home gardening.
    • 1% meet 76-100% of their produce needs through home gardening.
  • Nearly 10% of home gardeners primarily eat only the produce they grow at home.
  • 67% of home gardeners have experienced improved mental health since starting a home garden, while 50% have seen better physical health.
  • Top reasons Americans don’t grow their own food:
    • Lack of space: 18%
    • Lack of time: 17%
    • It’s too much work: 15%
    • Not interested: 11%
    • Not knowing where to get started 9%

 

Methodology

We surveyed 1,000 Americans to explore their experiences with growing their own food. The average age of respondents was 38, and they comprised 49% males, 49% females, and 2% non-binary individuals. Their generational makeup included 18% baby boomers, 40% Gen X, 39% millennials, and 3% Gen Z.

 

About First Saturday Lime

First Saturday Lime offers eco-friendly and non-toxic pest control solutions that are safe for pets, people, and the planet. It is an ideal choice for gardeners, providing benefits that extend beyond pest control by enhancing soil health and plant resilience. With its straightforward application, First Saturday Lime is perfect for gardeners of any skill level, especially beginners looking for a reliable and easy-to-use product."

 

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