A few months ago, right before the initial stay at home orders were enforced my family and I decided to start up our own backyard garden. With the help of other family members it was coming into fruition. My little ones were excited as they got to spend hours digging in the dirt and doing what kids love the move, playing outside and getting dirty with mud and water.
Initially the garden was going to be a place where we grow our own foods and will have our fresh veggies in close proximity in the event the food supply chain was either due to the virus. Our backyard gardening become part of the new routine. We all looked forward to going outside and tending to the plants. Everyday the entire family would get ready to venture outside. That become a highlight of the day after homeschool and work indoors. We would tend to the new seedlings, plant new ones, weed the beds and water them as the sun had beamed on them all day.
As the stay at home and lockdowns extended and the virus spread through each state, the garden become the very important place where we got out Vitamin C, enjoyed our outdoor exercise as well as get fresh air and see the sky and get sunshine on our skin. The kids were thrilled because they got to enjoy their playhouses and ride their bikes. Being outside made us all happy. Not only were we able to see our vegetables grow and enjoy fresh green beans. We also had a place we could enjoy being outdoors that was safe.
If you are interested in starting a garden here are a few steps you can take to create yours:
Decide what type of space you have available and how would you be able to grow plants. If you live in an apartment or condo you may have a window seal or a balcony you could use. You would be surprised with just a little bit of space what you could produce.
Select the herbs and plants you would like to grow. Sometimes you could use cuttings from things you already have in your fridge like chives ( green onion). Cut off the green stalks just above the white area and save for cooking. Place the remainder of the stalk in a jar of water for a few days and allow it to root. When you have roots appear you can then plant. Select containers that fit your space. You can use recycled plastic containers you already have for your window seal or larger shallow containers for your balcony.
Planting is one of the most rewarding, as you get to see your plants grow from the small shoots or seeds that you used. If planting from seeds try your best to source organic NON GMO Heirloom seeds. These seeds are seeds which have been used traditionally years ago and have not been genetically modified over time. Research when would be the best growing season for your area.