There are many instances from recent history of people turning to their gardens during tough times. During World War II, those at home grew Victory Gardens, private plots meant to relieve pressure on the national food supply. Before that, during the Great Depression, with jobs and money scarce, families grew food out of economic necessity. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, seed and garden center sales increased, as did online searches for gardening how-to tips. That renewed interest may have been sparked by food supply concerns but was also likely driven by a need for new hobbies and habits that could accommodate lockdowns and social distancing.

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