Tomatoes top the National Gardening Association‘s list of the Top 10 most popular vegetables grown by home gardeners. A whopping 86% of gardeners said they planned to grow tomatoes, when surveyed.
Here are the Top Ten and the percentages of people who said they planned to grow them:
1. Tomatoes (86%)
2. Cucumbers (47%)
3. Sweet peppers (46%)
4. Beans (39%)
5. Carrots (34%)
6. Summer squash (32%)
7. Onions (32%)
8. Hot peppers (31%)
9. Lettuce (28%)
10. Peas (24%)
On the bottom of the list? The lowly Rutabaga only had 1% of gardeners’ support.
Looking for other Gardening lists? See these for ideas about:
Top 10 Heirloom Vegetables to Try
Top 10 Vegetables for the Urban Garden
Once you’ve been inspired to plant, you may want to check out my earlier post, How to Get Growing if You’re a Total Beginner. Tomato season may be winding down (though hope remains for my Oregon Spring cherry tomatoes and a relatively warm fall), so the Gardening Association suggests planting fragrant fall annuals such as snapdragon, stock (below), and sweet alyssum.
Photos: Jean-noël Lafargue (top), Susan Sachs Lipman
Poster: University of N. Texas Libraries