So many new and stuck-at-home gardeners are planting “pandemic gardens” this spring that some of the nation’s biggest seed-sellers have temporarily stopped taking new orders.
Bucks County’s Burpee Seeds, Wisconsin’s Jung Seed Co., and Oregon’s Territorial Seed Co. are among those suspending new orders to help their overwhelmed and shortened staffs catch up.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds of Maine is still taking orders from commercial farmers but not taking orders from home gardeners until April 28.
Even those taking orders, such as South Carolina’s Park Seed Co., Maine’s Pinetree Garden Seeds, and California-based Renee’s Garden Seeds, are warning about shipping delays that are turning the usual two- and three-day turnaround times into 10 to 14 days.
“We’re seeing unprecedented levels of customer interest,” said Park Seed spokeswoman Kelly Funk. “We started to see an uptick in late February, but it exponentially increased the first week of March. … It was like