STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Gardening grows in popularity, putting strain on supply chain

Gray's Garden Center in Eugene said they have seen a 25% increase in demand since the stay-at-home order began.

Posted: Apr 29, 2020 8:14 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2020 8:18 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With more time on people's hands because of the stay-at-home order, people are turning to the garden as a way to pass the time.

Gray's Garden Center in Eugene said they have seen a 25% increase in demand since the executive order began. However, the supply chain is having trouble keeping up with the demand. The store is seeing warm-season vegetables, fruits, and herbs, like peppers, cilantro, and tomatoes, fly off the shelves.

General Manager Stuart Leaton said this surge in demand was not expected.

"A lot of crops that you are getting were planted in January and February before any of this had happened," Leaton said. "So again we are seeing growers add a crop rotation, where they were doing two crops now they’re doing three."

But for others, gardening isn't just a hobby. For some it's a way to put food on the table during these difficult times. National food suppliers, like Tyson, are warning that the food supply chain is breaking. So gardening is a good way to stay food secure.

Leaton said if you would like to start gardening, it's simple. If you don't see the plants you want, the supply chain is slowly catching up.

"I think anybody can garden and obviously we offer the help to do that," Leaton said.

Eugene
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 35°
Corvallis
Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 39°
Roseburg
Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 35°
North Bend
Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 40°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events