The LSU AgCenter desires to know the way your gardening life has modified throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The web survey, which takes about 10 minutes, is open to anybody 18 or older at bit.ly/lsugarcensurvey.
“It’s a client survey,” mentioned Heather Kirk-Ballard, assistant professor of client horticulture. “That may very well be gardening at house with fruits, greens or flowers, in containers or indoor crops. Virtually everybody’s a gardener.”
Throughout the pandemic and its stay-at-home orders, the variety of first-time gardeners has shot up throughout the state in addition to on a nationwide stage, she mentioned.
This spring, Kirk-Ballard performed a survey of unbiased retail backyard facilities, mass merchandiser backyard facilities and feed and farm provide shops in Louisiana, who reported a 30% enhance in gross sales over the identical time final yr.
Retail backyard shops and native co-ops reported that vegetable crops, seeds, backyard soils, mulch, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and associated provides had been flying off cabinets, she mentioned.
LSU AgCenter extension brokers additionally reported an enormous enhance within the variety of gardening questions, Kirk-Ballard mentioned. “Telephone name, emails and textual content volumes have elevated statewide, and the demand for AgCenter experience has been rising exponentially,” she mentioned.
In early Could, Kirk-Ballard contacted AgCenter brokers throughout the state and requested them to maintain a file of the quantity and sorts of calls they had been getting pertaining to gardening and crops.
“Most each parish agreed that the quantity of gardening calls had gone up with a rise in new gardeners,” she mentioned.
By the survey, Kirk-Ballard hopes to find how many individuals are gardening for the primary time and what number of others have elevated their gardening actions. She is also asking what motivated them to backyard and what sort of gardening are they doing.
“We’ve seen a resurgence of victory gardens, and retail nurseries throughout the state and nationwide are promoting out of vegetable transplants and vegetable seeds,” she mentioned.
The survey additionally asks how persons are discovering gardening data — by way of web searches, social media, the LSU AgCenter or neighbors.
Lastly, Kirk-Ballard desires to search out out if folks will proceed to backyard when issues return to “regular.”
She’s going to use the outcomes to tell wholesale growers and shops to allow them to meet client demand.
Kirk-Ballard mentioned a few of the classes to be discovered might embrace how one can higher disseminate data to first-time gardeners in a well timed method, how one can meet and conduct studying actions from a distance and how one can coordinate analysis remotely.