Infographic: Home Gardening In the U.S.


As more and more Americans grow their own fruits and vegetables, NewsPrepper digs up some dirt on this DIY food revolution.

The U.S. has enjoyed a home-gardening renaissance in recent years, driven by concerns about health, nutrition and money — and a desire to get back to our roots. Whether you're starting a garden or just curious how yours compares, here's a behind-the-scenes look at gardening in America.

While corn is the top overall crop grown in the U.S. — with 84 million acres harvested — home gardeners tend to grow a more biodiverse bounty. Tomatoes are the most popular produce cultivated in yards across the country, followed by cucumbers, sweet peppers, beans, carrots and summer squash.

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Home gardeners are relatively evenly spread around the country, although the Southeast has a few more green thumbs than other regions. Most U.S. gardeners have at least some college education, and a slight majority are female. Regardless of their demographics, though, the country's home gardeners seem to be getting their money's worth: After collectively spending $2.5 billion on seeds, supplies and other upfront costs , American gardeners reaped a whopping $21 billion return on investment. For the average 600-square-foot garden, that comes out to a profit of about $530.

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