15 August 2011

Ever wondered what fruit and veg other people are growing?

Several months ago I set up a Facebook questionnaire asking everyone to list the fruit and veg they were growing at home, primarily to help me design workshops and gear my advice in the right direction.
There were 420 votes in total and for anyone like me who likes stats, the two charts below show the results. For anyone who doesn't, this is likely to bore the pants off you...

Although interesting, (I was surprised how few people answered garlic), it's difficult to really determine the chart's accuracy. My original questions covered the (I thought) most common veg but over the week they were added to resulting in over 40 different fruit or veg categories. Some people may have got bored (3 people ticked the newly added 'weiry with all these questions') and a couple of people commented the questionnaire was causing their computer to stall, which is enough to stop even the most dedicated from answering!

So, for anyone else who likes facts & figures, here are the results:-

and a much bigger chart for the vegetables:

(Struggled to fit them all in there were so many! The last one is celeriac)

The charts incidentally were created by a very handy online chart tool  that was linked by Spiderworking.com.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer.


  1. Stats can be very interesting if its about interesting info and growing fruit and veg is certainly interesting! I was really surprised that there weren't more fruit on there. And garlic straight from the ground really is something special so I'm surprised more people don't grow them.

    Thank you for putting all this information together for us to see.


  2. Interesting that carrots, potatoes and onions were some of the most popular, given that they're so cheap to buy.

    They are some of the tastiest though, so well worth it if you've got the space!

  3. @Claire & @Jono, glad you found the results interesting too and thanks for your comments :) I'd love to have known if people just gave up answering (hence the lack of fruit growers) or if the results are a genuine indication.

    Although on one hand I was surprised by the lack of garlic growers, on the other many of the beginners I help have never seen garlic growing, or know how easy it is to grow so perhaps shouldn't be (surprised).

    @Jono perhaps they grow their own carrots, potatoes and onions because they can grow them knowing they're chemically free (or as much as possible and organic would be dearer) and as you say, you can't beat the flavour of a home grown spud or carrot!


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