Why don’t GenY and GenX garden? Now here’s an interesting and thought provoking post from USA blogger Genevieve Schmidt about the horticulture industry’s angst over a lack of dirt under younger fingernails.
She outlines her thoughts about the effects of home ownership, other past times, money, and having or not having kids on the gardening interest (or not) of today’s 20-45 year olds. And comes up with some worthwhile advice too.
I particularly like her comment:
“They want us to spray their products on our plants, buy flowered bifocals and aprons, strive for a ChemLawn and plant endless acres of petunias in our front yards. I’m sorry, but that’s not for us. We’re more Flora Grubb than Home Depot, and we’re questioning the lies Big Hort’s been trying to sell us all these years.”
My thoughts are that so many of the gardening triggers she mentions are happening much later in life than they did for boomers. Marriage, home ownership and children used to be something you did in your mid-20s, now its late 30s to early 40s. And until rental agreements change to make gardening in a rented house a much more worthwhile adventure, then why would you bother?