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It s been very, very hectic : Saskatoon gardening stores see increase in seed and plant sales during COVID-19

It s been very, very hectic : Saskatoon gardening stores see increase in seed and plant sales during COVID-19
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SASKATOON -- Saskatoon gardening stores say theyve had a busy year so far and are seeing a significant increase in garden seed sales during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bloski said this has posed some challenges at times because of the quantity of seed theyre going through.

The store has had to reorder earlier than it typically would and has had to bring in extra staff to help with packaging and preparing the seeds for customers, he said.

Bloski said his store has the largest selection of seeds in the province, ranging from beets and zucchini to cucamelons.

We seem to be selling a lot of things like kale this year. Strawberry seed is another one thats been very popular...We sell the traditional stuff too like potato and onions. The interest in those has been extremely strong this year.

Bloski said hes seen more and more people interested in gardening over the years, but that COVID-19 has really accelerated that this year with people looking for things to do at home.

Theyre wanting to have a little control over their food source and ensuring they have a food supply. It can be a great new activity for people. It can be a continued activity for those that have planted through the years but maybe want to grow a bigger garden this year.
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