Detached homes have grown bigger while yards have grown smaller. In North America the average size of a new build has gone from 1,938 square feet in 1990 to 2,300 square feet in 2016.
In contrast, over this same period lots sizes have shrunk from an average 8,250 square feet to 6,790.
For those looking to reduce their global footprint while providing nutritious and delicious fresh produce for their family, this is very disconcerting news.
If you are going to grow big, you will likely have to buy an older home with a bigger yard. The upside is that many homes were built better back in the day and yards are often already established.
Moving into a smaller older home with fruit trees, berry bushes and perennial vegetables such as asparagus already in mature production is a win in any gardener’s book.