Soil suitability and citizen interest in gardening, Muncie, Indiana

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dc.contributor.advisor Lepore, Brian (Brian J.) Obrycki, John F. 2012-05-31T15:55:29Z 2012-05-31T15:55:29Z 2012-05-05 2012-05-05
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dc.description.abstract Gardens do not grow without human interest; however, human interest is not sufficient to support a garden if soil quality is unsatisfactory. This study asked two questions about gardening in Muncie, Indiana, USA: (1) how interested are residents in gardening? (2) how well can residents garden, based upon selected soil properties? Mailed surveys and telephone calls addressed the first question. Fifty-eight percent of respondents indicated they gardened. Compared to non-gardeners, gardeners rated their soil quality higher, modified soil more comprehensively, and were more interested in helping others garden. Survey response bias and non-response bias occurred. Soil analysis addressed the second question. Soil pH and soil organic matter were satisfactory for gardening. Soil Pb levels were above the federal threshold of 1,200 mg kg-1 in only three (5%) sampling locations. More than adequate, and at times excessive, levels of P and K were found. This thesis includes recommendations for future research.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
dc.description.tableofcontents Soil and gardening in urban environments -- Muncie residents are interested in gardening -- Muncie soil is suitable for gardening.
dc.subject.lcsh Gardening -- Public opinion.
dc.subject.lcsh Public opinion -- Indiana -- Muncie.
dc.subject.lcsh Soils -- Quality -- Indiana -- Muncie.
dc.title Soil suitability and citizen interest in gardening, Muncie, Indiana en_US Thesis (M.S.)

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