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I’ve always had a fondness for the idea of home gardening from my early days of pulling a huge, ripe tomato from my grandfather’s well-tended plot to spending time recently with my uncle who is a serial composter for his garden and flower beds. I have a dream that one day, I’ll be starting my own garden. The preparation has begun.
Well, that day showed up big time last March when a quarter of US adults started gardening during global lockdowns that spurred massive interest and action. Don’t take my word for it, news sources couldn’t stop reporting on our sudden start to the gardening boom.
It’s good exercise; it creates the opportunity to eat a more plant-based diet; the healthy activity lowers cortisol; and you also get a healthy dose of vitamin D being outside.
According to Financial Times, “Starting a garden was listed as the second most popular lockdown activity people planned to do after watching TV, according to a survey by GlobalData market research in May, ahead of cooking, reading and exercising.”
Global newswire Reuters reported a seed boom. “U.S. seed company W. Atlee Burpee & Co sold more seed than any time in its 144-year history in March as the virus spread, Chairman George Ball said.”
Gardening surged partially as a way to create peace, and even a food source during an uncertain time. Plus, people were working from home and spending an unprecedented amount of time with family—the perfect storm for the launch of a new hobby.
And experts say gardening is here to stay.
As a huge lover of flowers and fresh, organic veggies (as seen by my farmer’s market obsession), I am enamored, even envious, of the idea of all of these home gardens starting…I totally get it!
Let’s DIG in even further as to what else you can grow in when you are starting a garden. First of all, you can improve, grow your personal health. Gardening can literally lower your blood pressure. It’s good exercise; it creates the opportunity to eat a more plant-based diet; the healthy activity lowers cortisol; and you also get a healthy dose of vitamin D being outside.
Renee M. Dee