A Look Into Yelm’s World of Gardening – Nisqually Valley News

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A Look Into Yelm’s World of Gardening – Nisqually Valley News

By Daniel Warn / dan@yelmonline.com

Whether it’s a mad rush to the local greenhouses for vegetables or a mounting interest in the Yelm Community Garden, it’s safe to say that thumbs have been turning green all over town in today’s landscape of pandemic and uncertainty.

Ashley Witherow, the office manager at Jason’s Greenhouse wholesale division, illustrated this garden fever by detailing just how hopping the greenhouse has been since spring 2020.

“It’s definitely been crazy, a chaotic crazy,” Witherow said of the pandemic-era. “A lot of people started gardening for the first time, or they started back in on gardening, like they hadn’t done it in a long time and picked up the habit again.”

Kellie Petersen, owner of Gordon’s Garden Center, echoed these sentiments.

“We were busier, definitely busier, for sure.” Petersen said. “We’re seeing more customers. They have more time. They’re probably not going on vacation so they are spending that money not just on their gardens, but I imagine home improvement centers are busier as well.”

According to both Witherow and Petersen, the growth of business in the gardening world had a lot to do with food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There has definitely been more vegetable gardening, more eatable gardening, anything that people could do that produced food was probably our number one selling product.” Witherow said. “I heard a lot of people say they didn’t trust the food chain, or the supply
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