Is 2020 the year of the garden? Anecdotally, more people are expanding their gardens or testing whether they have a green thumb for the first time.
Garden centers and garden-related industries have reported an increase in seed and product sales during the pandemic. There’s even been talk of COVID-19 “victory gardens,” a throwback to the historical gardens of World War II.
But the benefits aren’t just physical. Gardening, green spaces and plants can boost mental health as well.
On Thursday at 9 a.m., MPR News host Kerri Miller will talk with two guests about the power of plants and talk with listeners about how to make their vegetables and blooms thrive.
Julie Weisenhorn is an associate professor in horticulture at the University of Minnesota.
Catherine Grant is the biology department greenhouse manager at the University of St. Thomas.
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