The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world is at the forefront of everybody’s mind, particularly regarding what will happen in the days to come. The epidemic is compelling everyone to stay indoors, which leaves you with ample time to pursue a hobby.
So, if you’re an avid gardener, you can make the most of the pleasant weather and sunshine to hone your gardening skills. Regardless of the size of your gardening space, you can cultivate a wide variety of flowering and vegetable plants throughout the spring and summer months.
Benefits of Gardening
The most positive aspect of this enforced lockdown is that now you have plenty of time to create your own herb or vegetable garden. Get creative! You can make good use of your backyard or your terrace space by starting your own garden regardless of size. Whether you use pots and planters for small spaces, or larger plots of earth for bigger spaces, you’ll be enjoying your own bounty that you previously bought from the market.
On the other hand, you can keep up your vitamin D intake,and enjoy the emerging sunshine, simply by spending a couple of hours in the lap of nature.
Gardening ensures that you stay physically and mentally active since you cannot step out for a long walk or jog owing to the nationwide lockdown.
Moreover, taking care of plants will make you more compassionate, tolerant, and charitable towards all living beings. Last but not the least, you will have the contentment and joy of cultivating and consuming your own produce.
You Can Farm a Variety of Vegetable and Flowering Plants
You can farm a wide range of vegetables during the spring and all through the summer. You can grow carrots, cucumbers, turnips, radish, lettuce, onions, beetroots, melons, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, squashes, potatoes, and Cole crops. At the same time, you can plant herbs such as thyme, basil, coriander, parsley, mint and rosemary that can spice up your meals.
Alternatively, growing flowering plants will not only boost your garden’s aesthetic appeal but also attract pollinating insects and put off pests.
Interplanting vegetable and flowering plants also enables you to make excellent use of your available space and also saves you time and effort. Some easy-to-grow flowering plants include cosmos, pot marigold, borage, lavender, sunflower, nasturtium and zinnia.
Handy Gardening Tools
If you’re lucky enough to own a large garden or lawn, then this is the opportune time to buy a lawnmower. A lawnmower comes in perfectly handy for keeping your lawn in top condition. A few essential gardening tools that will always come to your aid include gardening gloves, shovel, spade, trowel, watering can, pruner, garden knife, and fork hoe.
How to Make the Most of a Tight Space
Contrary to what you may think, you can practice gardening and sharpen your horticultural skills even if you do not have an outdoor garden. There’s plenty of scope to make good use of your balcony or patio space and even window sills and boxes. There are numerous flowering and vegetable plants that thrive in the shade like ivy, bougainvillea, fern, strawberry, dwarf chilly, tomatoes and carrots. Enjoy!