Covid-19 Pandemic Leads To Growth Of Gardening In Malaysia
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has allowed many Malaysians to start gardening in their backyards or balconies, which offers a plethora of benefits, from reducing stress to increasing joy for life. With them spending more time at home nowadays, Malaysian are taking this horticultural activity as a hobby and starting to create their green corners.
The Borneo Post stated that (1) “Pointing to Google Trends statistics on top search queries since the start of movement controls (MCO) in March 2021, Malaysians have been consistently searching for information related to horticulture and home gardening.” According to a statement released by Agricultural Development Division at University Putra Malaysia’s University Community Transformation Centre, (2) gardening has become a trending hobby among Malaysians, whether they are growing edible plants for their own consumption or aesthetic plants for therapeutic reasons.
There is a new trend taking over the world. It's called 'Gardening' which can be great for mental health and exercise routines. With the Covid-19 crisis still hanging around, it helps home gardening to obtain traction in urban areas, where it has traditionally struggled to gain a foothold. In the past days, gardening has been seen as a pastime for the elderly and those who live in rural areas. Many people are realizing that gardening is a profitable and low-risk activity. You can make money from your garden by selling fresh produce or even just renting it out!
On top of that, there are also some of them who jumped into planting and selling plants through online platforms. Plants are great money-makers where this is about cultivating and harvesting some returns such as vegetables, flowers, fruits or extracting financial benefits from your hard work. Some of them might have too many plants at home, therefore, give away plants to other or sells them out to prevent overcrowding.
Furthermore, just need to share the story where (3) DIB restaurant is partnering with a community group called Plant Swag to promote a culture of the green environment. Customers will get a complimentary potted plant as a gift such as aloe vera, golden pothos, spider plant and many more with a minimum purchase. Plant Swag aims to instil a love for plants and the environment and in turn, encourage home gardening activities among the community. This program has enabled people who love gardening to share interests with each other and support green initiatives in society. It is exciting to see the plants grow at home, let’s Grow Joy with Serbajadi!