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Organic garden products puzzle consumers

Many gardeners shun synthetic chemicals in the vegetable garden.

Many gardeners shun synthetic chemicals in the vegetable garden.

A lot of us are more interested in organic or natural gardening these days, but many of us are confused about what these terms mean, the cost and effectiveness of lawn and garden products and where to find them.

Eighty percent of consumers said they would use more organic lawn and garden products if they knew they could get the same results as synthetic fertilizers and pesticides with no additional cost. The results came in a recent winter survey by the Garden Writers Association Foundation, which has been doing research on consumer gardening trends since 2003

Retailers should know that fully 55 percent of consumers said “they would like to use organic products more if they could simply find them in a store.” A similar number, 53 percent, say that they would use more organic products if they understood what to buy and how to use it, the GWA survey said.

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