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This Is A Good Time To Start A Garden. Here's How

My backyard used to be a junkyard, a tragic mix of rubble, tires, pipes, chew toys, glass shards. It felt hopeless. COVID-19 has changed my perspective. I was standing in a long line to get into the grocery store, and wondered: Why have I let all this dirt and sunlight and water go to waste?

COVID-19 is a stress test on every aspect of society, from healthcare to the food supply chain. Regions that would typically export wheat or rice are holding onto their crops. The farmers who grow our food in-state are working in overcrowded conditions, and are among the most vulnerable to the pandemic.

"We're really seeing the fragility of our systems," says Dr. Rupa Marya, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco's medical school. She is also an avid gardener.

Planting a garden is "a way to connect to something immediate here and now and watch it grow," she says. "It's got a lot of great health benefits. People are outside. They're getting sun on their skin, generating vitamin D."

While it's impossible for me (or you) to grow everything we eat, it's not a bad time to get started on something. Nurseries that sell seeds, plants and animal feed are open, as an essential service. Now would be a great time to build yourself a COVID Victory Garden. Below are five tips to get started.

1. Create a vision based on your space.

Before you turn into Johnny Appleseed, think about the space you're cultivating. Is it a yard? A rooftop? A windowsill? A fire escape? How much sunlight does it get?

Before you make your garden plans, take a look at models like yours. Don't Google "Hawaii dream garden" if you're in Minnesota. Also, talk to neighbors about what grows well in your hardiness zone...more: click for details

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Date: May 26, 2020

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