Digging Into the Pandemic Gardening Boom – NC State News

During the pandemic, New interests and old hobbies helped distract from lockdown boredom and the news cycle. We tried, we learned, we bragged, we quit, we tried something else.

Many popular quarantine ventures had a distinctly anal…….

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During the pandemic, New interests and old hobbies helped distract from lockdown boredom and the news cycle. We tried, we learned, we bragged, we quit, we tried something else.

Many popular quarantine ventures had a distinctly analog flavor. (Remember baking sourdough bread and cross-stitching curse words?) But when it came to using our hands to get a handle on our thoughts and emotions, the people’s choice was plants.

Home gardens sprouted up everywhere during quarantine, and they’re still having their moment in the sun. A quick scroll through social media reveals thousands of houseplant influencers sharing tips on misting, propagating and repotting. Pictures of plants on the coffee table replaced selfies with friends at the coffee shop.

With a world-class arboretum, thriving horticulture program, broad extension outreach and countless learning resources, NC State covers a lot of gardening ground. If you’re ready to start your first garden or take better care of the one you have, look no further.

Our experts in horticulture and hobby gardening are here to help you and your chlorophyll crew flourish well past lockdown.

Indoors and Out, Home Gardens Flourish

What’s with the fronded fascination? Gardening took root during the pandemic for a lot of reasons.

With more time at home, people looked to their yards as extensions of their houses and safer places to gather. Plants are beautiful; lots of them smell and taste fantastic. In times of stress and uncertainty, tending the growth of something can feel productive.

And gardening is accessible. There’s no need for sprawling yards or expensive equipment; a thriving plant family can grow in raised beds, vertical pallets or terra-cotta pots.

It’s also highly individual and customizable: Perennial borders, hanging pothos collections, patio vegetable gardens, kitchen-window experiments — anything that gets dirt under the fingernails counts.

From Solitary Succulents to Personal Jungles

Though the “plant parent” trend took root years ago, houseplants surged in popularity during quarantine.

Endless days at home led many to redecorate and rearrange their surroundings, and unlike a lot of decor, plants grow and change, offering something to keep track of when Tuesdays are indistinguishable from Saturdays. They may also improve air quality and boost mood — a low-stakes way to add vibrancy during a dark time.

If you’re looking to start your own indoor garden, or just need some help with your potted pals, NC State experts offer advice in the posts below.

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Homegrown Know-How

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Source: https://news.ncsu.edu/2021/07/pandemic-gardening-tips/

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