The human needs driving the rise in gardening, and how to start one

Customers shop at Fort Collins Nursery in Fort Collins, Colo., on April 30, 2020. Local garden centers and Colorado master gardeners say they've seen a huge surge of interest in growing food crops in home gardens since the coronavirus pandemic upended daily life almost two months ago, leaving nearly 300,000 Coloradans unemployed and most of its residents at home under strict social distancing guidelines.

(CNN)Local plant nurseries are seeing spikes in seed sales.

People are starting vegetable gardens big and small, including a plethora of backyard plots and windowsill herbs.
Some plant lovers are engaged in community gardens where they work in timed shifts, maintaining proper distance while wearing masks and cleansing tools for the next use.
    As people sheltering in place take up hobbies and start projects to fill the time during the coronavirus pandemic, gardening is blooming.
    Caring for a garden can be a respite from the horrors of the pandemic, as it serves several natural desires related to accomplishment, community and belonging and staying connected with nature.
    It can get partners and the whole family outside, happily bonding while doing an activity together.
    It can also help to alleviate food insecurity as some incomes dwindle and concerns about the food supply grow.
    "There's just a greater