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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Are Victory Gardens Making A Comeback While We Flatten The Curve?

As we don our masks for the grocery and we do our part to stay home and flatten the curve, many of us are turning our attention to the soil. It recalls a different time, during World War I, when Americans were called on to plant a garden and grow food in whatever space they had. Then during WWII, these so-called "victory gardens" really took off.

Now, the raised beds are going in, there's a run on seeds with online stores reporting shortages in their stock, and it seems everyone has caught the gardening bug. In a time of pandemic, the victory garden may be back. So where can you safely find garden supplies during a stay-at-home order?

Meanwhile, the farmers' market season has returned. While markets are considered essential businesses, some locations are making adjustments to keep vendors and customers safe. The Montgomery Farmers' Marketopens for the season on May 2 with a no-contact drive-through.

Joining Cincinnati Edition for a full hour of advice for gardening under a pandemic are Campbell County Extension OfficeExtension Agent Horticulture Sarah Stolz; andWaterfields Director of Greenhouse Operations and University of Cincinnati Horticulture Program Adjunct Professor Joshua Jones.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.