Whether the masses are discovering the therapeutic benefits, became alarmed when grocery store shelves were being emptied by panicked buyers or simply because the boredom born from lockdowns has finally taken its toll, gardening has enjoyed a massive resurgence and is quickly becoming a popular hobby for many who have never attempted it before.
Brittany Demezier is the Dubuque County food systems program coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach who also earned an undergraduate degree in ag education from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Master of Science degree in sustainable food systems from Green Mountain College in Vermont. She has some tips, tricks and answers to frequently asked questions related to gardening.
Question: What are some plants you suggest first-time gardeners start out with?
Answer: It is always best to plant something that you and your family will enjoy and want to eat — this makes the