Times of economic and political turmoil have the predictable effect of turning people to the garden plot, principally to generate food but also to remain grounded in uncertain periods.
This response was seen during both world wars, the Depression, and in the immediate aftermath of the Great Recession of the late 2000s. A figure that sticks with me is that during World War II, as much as 40% of the nation’s produce came from victory gardens.
Another great crisis is upon us, and in March, the coronavirus pandemic induced a tsunami of demand for vegetable seeds. It was something the seed catalogs could not see coming, though they worked hard to get seeds to consumers, even if the selection of varieties was limited.
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