The coronavirus pandemic has inspired more newcomers than ever to plant home gardens. Whether it was because people found themselves with more time due to the state’s stay-home orders or they discovered the fragility of the food supply chain, local garden centers saw an uptick in the number of people interested in getting their hands dirty.
“Growing your own food allows you to enjoy vine-ripened produce fresh from the garden.” So says a Cooperative Extension Service page for the Master Gardener program at the website for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Not only does Tom Phillips talk a good game about urban farming, he and his family live it. This year, he transformed nearly every square inch of lawn surrounding his home in northwest Canton into a vegetable and fruit garden, accented by a smattering of perennial flowers.