This Version Posted: May 25, 2020
Want to learn a new hobby while practising physical distancing? Home gardening is great for keeping distance and a rewarding pastime for you to do while at home during COVID-19.
There are many benefits to gardening. You can:
- Get outside and be active
- Enjoy a fun, family-friendly activity
- Find a sense of purpose
- Grow your own fresh, nutritious food meaning fewer trips to the store
- Reduce consumer demand on food resources
- Support your mental health during an uncertain time.
Like any new hobby or project, knowing where to start can be a challenge. But by giving it a try, you may find a life-long hobby that benefits both mind and body and helps you be more self-sufficient.
How to Start:
- Research how to start a garden. This Better Homes and Gardens article on Vegetable Gardening for Beginners offers pointers.
- Re-purpose yogurt cups, milk cartons or paper cups as containers to start your seeds
- Connect with your local nursery or garden centre for advice and options, including online ordering and curbside pickup
- Join an online gardening group to connect with others
- Choose seeds or transplants that are easy to grow and fast to harvest (like carrots, green beans, leafy greens, radishes, cucumbers, summer squash, and herbs)
- Plant flowers in or around your garden, including ones that benefit bees and other pollinators
- If you have limited space around your home, try container gardening. This Quick Guide to Container Gardening from Gardening Know How can help you get started
- Keep organics like shredded leaves and grass clippings and use as mulch to help limit weed growth in your garden.
- Plant-Grow-Share a Row – As part of your garden, plant and grow an extra row of your favourite veggies. You can then donate to a local food bank. To learn more, visit Grow a Row. In the City of Kawartha Lakes, click here for more details on grow a row.