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Gardening: The Pandemic Drives New Interest in Gardening for Relaxation and for Food


People are eager to work on their gardens, given that it's among the outdoor activities you can do safely while staying at home, and it has soothing effects in these uncertain times. Some are also looking for items to grow to augment their grocery supply. We'll learn about what you can do now to get your vegetables, flowers and yard off to a good start, and what to plant during this crisis.


Pamela Hargest, horticulture professional, Cumberland County Cooperative Extension

Gary Fish, state horticulturalist, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

Lauren Giroux, director of product selection and trialing research, Johnny's Selected Seeds


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.