The Rise Of Green Thumbs

By Jennifer Walsh

Spring and summer have always been synonymous with gardening, but something very different happened this year. When the lockdown began to take hold across the country in mid-March, many people were a bit fearful about how they were going to get their food, and concerns around a food shortage began to grow. Thankfully, the food shortage never took place, but some people dove right into their indoor and outdoor gardens to see what they could grow for themselves.

Sales at W. Atlee Burpee & Co, a Pennsylvania-based seed company blossomed. According to reports, they sold more seed in March of 2020 than any other time during their 144-year history.

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Indeed, people from all over the country began sharing their brand new sprouts and newfound love for gardening across social media. This wave of planting was reminiscent of what were once called Victory Gardens planted across the country after WWII.

Gardening is a great way to reconnect to where your food truly comes from and how long it takes for a vegetable or food item to grow. Leslie Woodruff, an events and media executive from New York City, truly transformed the experience into a lesson.

“Our daughter, Ruby, was studying plants in school, and the teacher mailed the entire class seeds for the kids to a start a garden,” Leslie explains. When the family received an offer to quarantine at a friend’s home in Southampton, Leslie says it felt like they had won the lottery! “After looking around the property on arrival, we found a stack of plastic pots in the shed and got to work creating a container garden.

”The ability for a child or teen to watch seedlings grow day to day or week to week—even from a small windowsill or backyard area—is a gift they will always cherish.  It’s also an opportunity for memories to bloom. Leslie says she and Ruby went shell-hunting at a nearby pond preserve and spent a fun afternoon decorating and decoupaging the potted containers.

“We decided to give the garden a nautical theme given our coordinates,” Leslie explains. While the family’s stay in suburbia was temporary, it was also inspiring. “We may put together a window herb garden when we return to the city. Fresh basil and rosemary are perfect garnishes for a delicious Italian meal!”

No matter the size or location of your space, it may be time to get your hands dirty—and make new memories along the way. Consider some of our favorite tools and then see how your own garden grows…

For those who have some space outdoors or a good size sill to grow your own, Garrett Wade offers the ultimate Grab and Go Set. It houses all of the key gardening tools one will need in an easy-to-store tote that is super durable.

$85.95, GarrettWade.com

CrateJoy’s My Garden Box is an inspiring subscription box for family-friendly planting projects. Each month they create a unique plant-themed box that contains everything you need to build relaxing, rewarding, and enriching garden projects, including a variety of live indoor and outdoor plants. With visually illustrated instructions, simple garden care tips, and properly portioned ingredients, assembly is fun and easy!

Prices begin at $35.50/month, CrateJoy.com

For those who have limited space indoors but still want to try to grow their own, vertical gardens have become a very popular alternative. The self-watering, self-fertilizing hydroponic Farmstand from Lettuce Grow makes it possible to grow 200+ varieties of veggies, fruits, and herbs.

Prices begin at $42/month for 24+ plants, LettuceGrow.com

Microgreens and micro herbs are the seedling versions of leafy greens, vegetables, and herbs that are a few days older than sprouts. Hamama offers nine different types of microgreens, such as broccoli microgreens and energizing kale that you can grow yourself. Opt for the Starter Kit, which includes a reusable grow tray, easy growing instructions, and 3 Seed Quilts. $49, Hamama.com

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