Thanks to the pandemic forcing people to spend more time at home, we suddenly took on new hobbies and reignited the flame on hobbies we used to love but ran out of time to cultivate.

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For those with a green thumb, the pandemic helped that thumb shine bright in ways it hadn’t for years. I wish I could say that I was one of those who benefitted in the green thumb department, but no matter how hard I try, my thumb remains black.

I have such a love hate relationship with gardening. I love the idea of it, I hate the maintenance involved in it. Luckily for me, I have a neighbor who is a wizard when it comes to flower beds and she freely gives of her time to make my yard look envious.

She’ll be embarrassed, but I have to share with you what she did to beautify her deck last spring. My friend got some big pots and wooden posts and concreted the posts into the pots and then planted absolutely beautiful flowers in the pots, set each pot at each of the four corners of her deck and strung big lights from post to post. As far as Pinterest ideas go, hers was a total success.

Traci Taylor
Traci Taylor

What started as a people claiming back the hobbies they used to love has turned into a movement. What people thought  they were doing to pass the time during the summer of 2020 seeped into the summer of 2021 and experts say the gardening trend is expected to continue during the spring and summer of 2022.

As a matter of fact, Breck’s took a peek at Google Trends, analyzing the searches of 38 different gardening trends that Americans were tripping over themselves for in 2020 and 2021 (trends made popular by Martha Stewart, Country Living, and Farmers’ Almanac) because they wanted to determine which gardening trend was most popular in which state.

If once spring rolls around you feel like you’re seeing a whole lot of perennial vines, it’s not in your imagination. Out of all the gardening trends of the last two years, people in New York have been researching perennial vines more than any other trend.

In Pennsylvania, people have shown a huge interest in food gardens over the last two years so it’ll be interesting to see if that hot trend rolls into 2022.

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