Gardening for beginners: the pandemic is leading to a new generation of plant and garden lovers

CHICAGO (WLS) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to be confined to our homes for long periods of time, but a popular trend is helping people get outside while giving them some peace of mind.

Planting and gardening is known to be a peaceful activity and since COVID-19 has had a drastic impact on our way of life, many have embraced the outdoor hobby.

From the look of a South Shore garden, you’d think the woman behind was an expert, but Nyajai Ellison says it just happened.

“In the midst of a global pandemic, I decided to start my own little grocery store,” Ellison said. “I have my garden.”

She calls herself outgoing and says she struggled as everything around her began to shut down.

“I was working from home and waking up moments before I had to log on to work. It was just terrible. The days were gray [and] I wanted more,” she said.

It was then that she decided to test her green thumb.

“I found love in my backyard and honestly didn’t expect it to turn out like this, but I’m so blessed. It’s so rewarding,” Ellison said with a smile of a smile. ear to ear.

Stores like Christy Webber Farm & Garden say they have seen a sudden increase in business due to the pandemic.

They say that millennials in particular post their plants on social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, and that these photos inspire others to discover the magic of plants and gardens too.

“A lot of our clients are apartment dwellers and they don’t have green space in the city, so it’s so important to help them have more plants in their lives,” Webber said.

Luckily for Ellison, she has all the green space she needs.

What started as a random activity has now allowed him to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

“My tan is bursting now. I mean the sun treats me so well that I get rewarded in so many different ways by gardening,” Ellison said.

If you’re new to the gardening game, Ellison advises you to take a leap of faith and give it a try. You can make mistakes along the way, but in the end, she says it will be worth it.

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Leon E. Hill