All ages turn to gardening during pandemic


Fortville resident Emily Snider is working to make gardening easily accessible to everyone, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Snider, founder of Emily’s Backyard Blooms, is selling gardening kits with everything gardeners need to get started.

“It’s everything you need to grow a garden from seed. I’ve seen an uptick in people of all ages interested in that – from parents trying to get their kids involved and teach them where their food comes from, and I’ve seen people who used to garden as a kid, some elderly people who want to get back to it,” Snider said. “Now, they have time, and we are all kind of stuck inside and you are around your house doing much more things than you typically would do.”

An example of one of Emily’s Backyard Blooms garden kits. (Submitted photo)

Snider said the most common reasons she sees people get into gardening is to grow their own food and for outdoors exercise.

Snider sells kits for flowers and vegetables.

“I have Sunflower Surprise and Brilliant Blooms which are just flower seeds, so you’ll plant those straight into the ground and those are $10,” she said. “The vegetable and edible garden kits, the salsa, heirloom tomato, veggie patch and kitchen herb kit are $25. They come in a big wooden box with peat pots, dirt, growing instructions and recipes.”

Each vegetable kit has six seed varieties with five to 10 seeds per variety, so if successful, the gardener will have 30 plants from each kit.

“Each plant comes with instructions because it’s a little bit different on how you grow it,” Snider said. “Like for tomatoes, (instructions) tell you to plant it this deep and this far away. I try to make it as easy as possible for people.”

Typically, Snider sells kits at farmers markets but is only selling online because of the pandemic.

“(Gardeners) can contact me online and we can get the kits out or arrange for local pickup, or if they’re in Indianapolis, we can arrange to do drop-off,” she said.  “I’m spreading the garden love.”

Snider said many people are getting into gardening.

“I think it’s awesome. You’re talking about victory gardens and we’ve seen this push for homegrown and people to get back out there and get their hands dirty,” she said. “It’s awesome to see people from all ages, little kids to older people who gardened as a kid and would love to get back to it again.

“I hope people, after this, continue to garden and continue to be interested in flowers and growing their own food.”

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