People are picking up new hobbies while in self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A USA Today article reports that gardening is experiencing a boom among Americans. Not only is it a way to pass the time, it also ensures there will be fresh food after panic-buying led to shortages in grocery stores. Americans are also purchasing animals, particularly chickens, to produce a steady influx of eggs.
Across social media, plant lovers are sharing works in progress and landscape projects taking place at their homes. Nicole Burke owns a garden installment business in Houston, where she’s seen a surge in customers ready to put their green thumb to the test. Burke said, “We’ve doubled our install orders for this month.” Some time ago, Burke started Gardenary, a website that coaches users on beginning their own gardens. The hits on that website have just about doubled in the last week, indicating a lot of people are searching for gardening help.
Gardening was no stranger to me when I was a child during World War II. Both the young and elderly planted “victory gardens” as there were not as many fresh vegetables available to purchase in grocery stores. I remember helping family members and neighbors pull weeds and water the gardens.
Dear readers, what gardening experiences have you had or are you involved in at the present time? If not gardening, are there any new hobbies or activities you've taken up while in quarantine? All comments will be appreciated.