From April 2009 to April 2010 a log of time spent in the garden was kept.
We completed the log for everyone who worked in the garden. Children, volunteers, visitors, and counted each person-hour in the total, with a list of the general activity carried out.
The jobs most frequently completed were watering in the tunnel, mulching using scythed weeds and ‘waste’ animal bedding from the neighbours, and we are happy to say the job that came out top was that of harvesting!
Overall the average time spent in the garden per week was 10.3 hours, the minimum 35 minutes one miserable week in November, and the maximum 25 hours (we had a particularly helpful helper that week in May)
According to the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board from January to March 2010 in the UK the average time spent watching TV was 4 hours 18 minutes a day. This equates to 120.4 person hours of TV a week for a family of 4. Imagine the benefits to the country’s resilience, self-reliance, carbon footprint, health and sense of achievement if just 10% of this time was spent growing food, whether it be on an allotment, in a garden or as part of a CSA.