Which? survey reveals grow your own trend is still on the upA quarter of all people are growing more veg now than ever

22 July 2011

Growing your own veg

With supermarket prices continuing to rise, along with increasing awareness of living and eating healthily, grow-your-own is becoming a more favourable option for UK consumers. We carried out a survey to find out more.

Which?'s survey on consumers' attitudes and responses to food prices

Which? commissioned an online survey of 1009 members of the GB public in June 2011 and it showed that 24% of them are now growing their own.

Top three reasons why

Our survey show these as being the top three reasons why people are choosing to grow their own:

1. Increases in food prices mean I’m trying to be more economical: 59%

2. Trying to eat more healthily: 33%

3. I have less disposable income to spend on food: 22%

There are many more reasons to grow your own and, if you haven’t tried it yet, it’s easier than you might think. Read our free factsheet, ‘Why Grow Vegetables?’

Tomato Gardeners Delight

Which? Gardening's Best Buy veg

According to a survey carried out by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), in 2010 the top five veg to grow were: tomatoes, herbs, potatoes, strawberries and raspberries.

Which? Gardening regularly trial plant varieties to find the best performers and have recently put strawberries and tomatoes through their paces. If you’re planning to grow your own, we’d recommend our Best Buy varieties:

Tomatoes: ‘Rosada’ and ‘Apero’ (baby plum tomato), ‘Gardener’s Delight’ (cherry tomato), ‘Sioux’ (indoor tomato) and ‘Orkada’ (outdoor tomato).

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Strawberries: ‘Darlisette’ (early strawberry), ‘Sonata’ (mid-season strawberry) and ‘Malwina’ (late strawberry).

Free advice guide on veg growing

Growing your own fruit and veg can save money and is very rewarding, whether you have a full allotment or just a few containers. If you’re keen to get started but aren’t sure where to start, read our free advice guide on growing your own veg.