The quarantine gardening boom extends to homegrown cannabis
When the film industry shut down productions in New York, cameraman Glenn Kaplan headed straight to his home in Vermont and got started with his new hobby. He had never had a garden before, but he now has vegetables and herbs growing in an outdoor raised bed, and four cannabis plants in a four-by-four foot tent in his house’s workroom.
“I’m obsessed,” Kaplan said. “Almost immediately I got back here and started ordering all the bits and pieces—which is kind of like setting up a little bit of a set: the grow tent, lights, the filter, exhaust fan. Everything is now auto-timed and has a Bluetooth reading of the humidity. As a kind of geek in the film world with technology, I’ve been putting that energy toward this.” Also, he estimated, about $800.
As some consumers turn to “victory gardens” to encourage self-sufficiency and combat the stress and supply chain disruptions brought about by Covid-19, companies such as Scotts Miracle-Gro and Lowe’s are reaping the benefits. Smaller businesses that support new gardeners with video classes and curbside pickup are flourishing too. For some, those gardens provide greens for more than just salad.
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