The country has been turned upside down since the government announced lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, many supermarket shelves have been cleared as customers hoarded essential goods, and lots of people have been forced to stay at home in total isolation if they have symptoms or fall into a vulnerable category.
This has left many Brits unsure of what to do with themselves, as well as uncertain about how they will acquire necessary fresh food to keep them healthy, particularly as online deliveries are now booked up weeks in advance.
As a result, lots have turned to producing their own fruit and veg, according to owner of North Walsham Garden Centre Ben Youngs, who told Eastern Daily Press 24: “Everyone is growing stuff.”
While most of these stores have had to close if they do not sell “essential items”, many are now offering a delivery service.
“It’s difficult because half the suppliers have stopped running, but we’ve been careful with our ordering and we have shrubs and roses which will last. People gardening has taken off to a new level,” he added.
Timothy Gee, who runs Mousehold Garden Centre in Norwich, also told the news provider he has completely sold out of seeds and compost, with a street in the city taking one bag each.
Indeed, Gardeners’ World recommends gardening as one of the things people can do during self-isolation, as it can help boost mental and physical health, which is “more important now than ever”.
It suggests sowing seeds and watching them grow as a way to “relieve stress and remain mindful of your surroundings”, as well as feeding birds, making a garden pond, building a raised bed, creating a bee hotel or, for those without a garden, growing houseplants.
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