In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Organic Gardening did what specialty magazines often do to mark an anniversary. It commissioned a study.
Called "Gardening in America," the survey, conducted last year by National Family Opinion Research, concluded that more than half (54%) of America's estimated 60.5 million outdoor gardeners plan to garden organically or minimize their use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the next year.
--The intention to use organics appears to be stronger in younger gardeners: 60% of those 19 to 34 years old, compared with 48% of those 50 to 64 and 46% of those 65 and older.
--Among geographic regions, 58% of Midwest gardeners intend to go organic, as do 56% of those in the Northeast and 53% in the West. In the South, which has more gardeners than any other region of the country (nearly 9.6 million), 50% say they will go organic in the next year.