Last week we asked our readers if they plan to cultivate a home garden this year.
Gardening is very popular in the Willamette Valley. The climate is mild, water is plentiful, and soil is good in most areas. These favorable conditions allow us to grow a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, flowers, and trees.
The following poll results show that the majority of our readers grow gardens, along with many of their friends and neighbors. It also shows that they're interested in a variety of garden projects that significantly reduce waste and increase self-sufficiency. Here are the results:
Q: Do you plan to grow a garden this year?
Q: What are you interested in growing?
leafy greens 18%
root vegetables 15%
Q: What other garden projects are you interested in?
green house and/or cold frames 20%
container gardening 20%
rain barrels 17%
chicken coop 8%
sharecropping with neighbors 8%
Q: Do your friends and neighbors grow gardens too?
a few 52%
most of them 48%
yes, all of them 0%
Spring Gardening Guide for the Willamette Valley
Chicken resources at The Chick Inn
Marion-Polk Food Share Community Gardens