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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.  

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