Poll Results on Garden Watering

So, I'll freely admit that this poll was very, very, very late in ending. Scheduled for an October 1st, 2007 close, I just closed it today -- January 30th, 2008. I will confess that this is not exactly an admirable ability to maintain a schedule!

On the plus side, running the poll for an extra four months did provide me with a bit more data than I might have otherwise expected. With 70 votes, I feel that I have at least some vague sense that the results were accurate.

The vast majority of visitors to this site, unsurprisingly, water only when necessary or exclusively water their private organic vegetable gardens. I smaller percentage (20%) are still dedicated to maintaining an attractive lawn, although they may cut the occasional corner. This percentage, notably, is exactly the same as the bottom segment --- those who apparently maintain rock gardens.

Nothing earth shaking in those results, given the probably audience for this site, but still interesting to see!

The next poll is now operating, and expected to run through April 30th, 2008. (No, I mean it.) The question for this quarter: How much time are you willing to commit to public transit, knowing that it is frequently less efficient than your own vehicle?

The question is a bit loaded; it depends on the assumption that your public transit scenario is, in fact, less efficient than personal driving. This is only sometimes true: it depends on where you live and where you're going. I know that, for myself, it's pretty much always a significantly greater time commitment to ride the bus. But I have also lived in places where the opposite was true!

But the key question isn't actually about how much time you actually spend on the bus (or other public transit) it's about how much extra time you're willing to spend for the sake of the environment.

Updated by Joe Dolson on 24 August, 2009

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Traveling by bicycle (or other self-powered vehicles) is an excellent way of combining a need for daily exercise with saving fossil fuels in your transport. What do you consider a reasonable bicycle commute? (One way.)

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