In a time of unknowns, the pandemic really encouraged people to take control of their own food supply. Concerns began over food shortages, and food affordability, with prices rising due to demand. The Covid-19 gardening boom left suppliers depleted of inventory, as plants became the new toilet paper. Suddenly millions of people were going online to see what they could grow. In 2020 almost 1 in 5 Canadians started their own gardens. In recent polls, gardening was listed as the second most popular lockdown activity.
The physical and mental health benefits of getting your hands in the soil, can create a sense of purpose and comfort. It can make you feel as though you have some control, in an uncertain situation. Rather than creating a whole garden, beginners can start by placing plants in a container, so long as it has drainage at the bottom. Add sun, water, and you’re on your way to becoming an accomplished grower.