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COVID helping to connect us back to nature

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Many respondents said they would garden because it allowed them to do something creative while they were stuck at home during the pandemic. They appreciated that it also provided them with a source of exercise and helped them cope with stress.

Over 80 percent of those surveyed were of the opinion that they had worked very successfully in the garden this year. Nearly 86 percent of homeowners, including many new gardeners, planned to keep gardening, and about half of them said they would expand their garden space.

Surprisingly, growing flowers, either annual or perennial, was by far the most popular activity. Shrubs and trees were planted next, and growing vegetables rounded out the garden’s top three priorities. Around a third of those surveyed put container gardening at the top of their list, and around half of those surveyed said that indoor gardening is very important to them. When asked: “Why a garden?” The most common reactions were to add beauty to their life or to beautify an outdoor space.

We in Canada see the same trends. More and more people are realizing the important link between growing plants and better health. Making plants from seeds, tending to seedlings, learning to deal with the challenges of weather and pests, and realizing the need for good organic nutrition are all things that connect us with nature, which in turn leads to a more positive state of mind and body leads health.

As we strive for healthier diets, window sill gardening has increased dramatically. Growing microgreens and herb horticulture are now significant year-round activities, which results in these natural herbs and spices adding nourishment and unique flavors to our foods. Today people grow a wide variety of herbs from all over the world, particularly from Asia and South America. Herbs also add new scents to our containers and attract bees and other pollinators to our gardens.

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