Garden shops see uptick in home growers

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HARLINGEN, Texas — COVID-19 has shut-down businesses and emptied grocery store shelves. Now, many people are growing their own food to deal with food shortages.

“Normally this time of the year is the busiest time of the year,” said Delana Darling, owner of Stuart Place Nursery and Garden Center.

Shops across the country have taken a hit because of COVID-19, but here in Texas, garden shops are still open for business. While there have been fewer people heading to the shops, Darling says she’s seeing an increase in something else.

“Every day we have people here looking for tomato plants, pepper plants and fruit trees. That sort of thing,” she said.

Grocery store shelves can’t keep up with the demand for homes due to COVID-19 and “Shelter-in-Place” orders. People are now looking to grow their food.

“It’s really easy, probably the most important thing to do is pay attention and make sure it gets plenty of water,” she said.

Even though there’s a lot of gloom in the air, Darling is looking at the bright side of the pandemic.

“We have kind of gone back to our roots. The family thing, growing our own vegetables and fruits just back to the basics,” she said.

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