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Many Turning to Gardening to Combat COVID-19 Stress

Posted at 7:44 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 20:44:30-04

TULSA, Okla.  — To cope with stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many are turning to gardening.

Staff at yard supply stores like Stringler Nursery, which is located at 7203 E. 41st St., are used to seeing an uptick in customers at the start of spring, but they say this year they have more people coming in in search of an outlet or distraction for stress.

“It relieves your mind and gives you something else to think about, and it's something else to do," Stan Bunnell, Stringler Nursery owner. “It makes you feel good.”

Bunnel says everything has been flying off the shelves, from vegetable seeds to tulip bulbs.

“They’re buying more seeds, more garden seeds, more plants," Bunnel said.

However, he says he and his staff are keeping up with demand with over 2,000 plant types in stock with varying needs, so even people who don't have a green thumb feel confident giving gardening a try.

"Everyone should know how to garden even if it's just little things,"Bunnel said. “While vegetables and produce feed the belly, flowers will feed the heart."

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