The year 2020 changed our world in more ways than we can easily count, which caused people to find creative ways to adjust and cope. One of these strategies—one we hope will stay for the long run— is an increase in home gardens.
As a Reuters article shared in April 2020, near the beginning of the pandemic, “People around the world are turning to gardening as a soothing, family friendly hobby that also eases concerns over food security as lockdowns slow the harvesting and distribution of some crops. Fruit and vegetable seed sales are jumping worldwide.”
In fact, W. Atlee Burpee & Co. sold more seed during the March 2020 than any other month in their 144-year history. At that same time, Territorial Seed Company needed to stop taking phone orders because they simply couldn’t keep up with the surge in demand, while Johnny’s Selected Seeds experienced at 270 percent jump in orders during the week of March 16, 2020. Although these are all seed company examples from the United States, this trend was happening in many countries around the globe.
Benefits of Gardening
Simply planting potatoes can be “quite a revelation to a child,” says the chief horticulturalist at Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society, noting that their website experienced five times more requests for advice than average when England shut down. This allows children to see and understand where their food really comes from.
Healthline.com also applauds the return to “seed, soil, and sun” during the pandemic and lists many benefits of gardening that suggest that this is a hobby and habit that people should continue to engage in beyond 2020/1. For example, the article notes how the act of gardening itself can help you to fight off disease.
“You’re more like a plant than you may realize,” it says. “Your body is capable of photosynthesis—the process where plants make their own food using sunlight.” More specifically, in people, sunlight plays a key role in creating vitamin D, which is necessary for good health.
Because gardening works every major muscle in the body, it’s good exercise, which contributes to your health. Studies have shown that gardening can also help people to protect their memory, boost their moods, and create a sense of community.
Home Garden Trend Continues in 2021
It’s reasonable to wonder if the home garden trend that erupted in the first part of 2020 would maintain momentum—and, according to Home Food Gardening: U.S. Market Trends & Opportunities, the answer is a resounding “yes.”
What’s interesting is how many different groups of people have turned to having a food garden in the past year or so. These include:
- Full time workers
- Current students
- Millennials/younger consumers
- Married people
- People with children
- People living in urban areas
This isn’t a complete list, but it gives you an idea of how big this home garden trend really has become!
If you’d like to start your own vegetable garden, we’ve created a kit that has just what you need for a 10’ by 10’ garden. This kit includes:
- The Chef’s Garden Seeds™
- The Chef’s Garden Soil Granular Blend™
- The Chef’s Garden Transplant Solution™
- The Chef’s Garden Foliar Feed™
- The Chef’s Garden Cover Crop Blend™
Plus, you’ll receive step by step instructions, including videos that aren’t available elsewhere. This information will help you to select the right location for your garden; prepare the soil; seed properly, based upon where you live; condition your soil; transplant seedlings; feed plants; and, when the growing season is done, to prepare your soil for next year.