By: SOPHIA PACHECO
During the quarantine, food has been first on our list for reasons we have to go outside and risk our health (aside from toilet paper, of course) But a lot of the things we buy at a store such as carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, and various herbs, can be obtained through hard work in a home garden.
Home gardening, according to Reuters.com, “could trim retail demand for produce but trips to the grocery store will still be necessary.¨ Bert Hambleton, retail consultant for Hambleton Resources, said supermarkets will continue to see an overall increase in produce demand as would-be restaurant-goers eat at home instead of dining out.¨(Home gardening blooms around the world during coronavirus lockdowns By Christopher Walljasper, Tom Polansek) This means that even though grocery trips will still be necessary, there could be a lessening of the need for market produce if people turn to home gardening.
Another benefit of home gardening is that it gives people an opportunity to busy themselves while they are stuck at home, and parents are more than happy to give their children something to work on. In the words of Guy Barter, chief horticulturist at Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society, “Planting a few potatoes can be quite a revelation to a child.”
Home gardening can be a lot of work, and sometimes it can be frustrating for new gardeners during these hard times. But the pros of home gardening are high. You can go to the store less, and have something to busy your family with to keep you happy. It’s definitely something to think about in California.