Need for seed: Gardeners flock to stores, overwhelm websites


April 17, 2020

Tomato seedlings emerge from pellets Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at a home in Cross Lanes, W. Va. Customers looking to start their home gardens during the coronavirus pandemic are gobbling up seeds at garden centers and creating huge backlogs on company websites. (AP Photo/John Raby)

NITRO, W.Va. (AP) - The sweet peppers were picked over, the tomatoes were taken and the flowers were fixing to be next. The empty spots on the store's display were starting to outnumber the full ones.

Gardeners are feeling the need for seed, grabbing packets off shelves at an accelerated rate. Those still looking for certain varieties of vegetables, or who can't go to to stores because of social distancing and retail closures, are overwhelming websites, creating a huge backlog of orders.


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