We all witnessed panic buying and food hoarding at the start of the pandemic, and at this moment, most realized we even lacked self-sufficiency.
To deal with this, ever since March 2020, Americans have turned to so-called kitchen gardening — mini-cultivation of edible plants — due to the fear of food system disruption and COVID-19.
Indeed, setting up a home garden bearing fruits and vegetables was one of the top home transformation trends last year, which continues with unchanged fervor this spring.
The truth is that this trend was going strong even before the coronavirus pandemic. Gardening facts showed that urban farming accounted for a whopping 20% of the national food production in the US.
The 2021 figures will be even greater since apartment dwellers also boosted their gardening game during the lockdown.
What’s more, the easy setup of pre-made indoor gardening kits — like cardboard mushrooms and jar-grown tomatoes — made home gardening available to pretty much anybody.
Yet, those looking for a custom-made garden have a hard time getting their hands on seeds, as providers struggle to keep up with the high demands.
That said, seed shortage is not the only drawback pandemic DIYers are facing. The US backyard industry also reports a lumber shortage.
In addition, as the percentage of those making home transformations skyrockets, millions are awaiting Memorial Day sales to purchase the materials they need.
After all, having a home garden can save you some cash. Plus, you’ll have access to fresh fruits and vegetables without ever setting foot outside.
Indeed it’s not hard to understand why so many are becoming gardening debutants and why experts rank home gardening not as a passing fancy, but a trend that is here to stay.