Householders Attitude, Preferences, and Willingness to Have Home Garden at Time of Pandemics

Aydin Basarir, Noura M.N. Al Mansouri, Zienab F.R. Ahmed

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Abstract

The value of home gardens has become more apparent among tenants forced into isolation in difficult and uncertain times arising since the COVID-19 pandemic started at the beginning of 2020. While gardens make a significant contribution to the social and ecological environment of cities, most studies have focused on public green spaces. Investigating householder preferences for gardens during and after the mandatory lockdown period in the UAE is required. The main objective of this study is to analyze the householder’s attitude, preferences, and willingness to have home gardens during the pandemic and after. The data were collected via an online survey of randomly selected respondents. A logistic econometrical model was utilized to analyze the factors affecting respondent preferences regarding having a garden. According to the results, the probability of having a garden increases among respondents who produce some crops, have attained Msc/PhD. level, a backyard, and a larger space to cultivate. It decreases among those who are married, find it hard to take care of a garden, and face a weed problem. In conclusions, it is highly recommended for householders to have home gardens, which can provide a quality lifestyle and enhance leisure time during the pandemic and after.

Original languageEnglish
Article number56
JournalHorticulturae
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Home garden
  • Householders
  • Lifestyle
  • Pandemic
  • Vegetables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture

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