Gardening is Back!

Jun 2nd, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Pandemic Surprises

Many of us seniors remember helping our parents and grandparents tend a garden. For those of us born in the depression era, gardening was a necessity. We had to grow our own food, can and sometimes freeze it in the fall, so we would have something to eat throughout the winter months. Some low-income families still consider gardening a necessity for putting a meal on the table. There are even non-profit organizations that teach people in need how to garden and put healthy food on their tables. This pandemic we are living through can lead us on to better choices about what we grow and eat, if we allow ourselves to learn.

One in three families in the United States have a garden. And many people are taking up gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic that requires us to stay home. But if you have never gardened, how do you know where to begin?

The National Gardening Association is an excellent resource for gardening how-to’s, where to plant a garden, what to plant based on geographics, and gardening maintenance. In the midst of WW2, we had Victory Gardens (the ones that were a necessity for many families). Today, we have Pandemic Gardens, and there are several really good reasons why you might want to consider having one. The National GardeningAssociation website says, “Gardening also gets you out in the fresh air (while respecting social distancing), adds positive energy into your life, gives you something fun to do, and gives a new activity that the whole family can participate in.”

Online Resources Available

If you need a little push to get started, and most of us do, you can find resources online that will answer most if not all of your questions. You can find everything from how to do container gardening, to growing fruits and veggies in your landscape, to where do I buy seeds and plants.

Among the most important considerations are how do I prepare the soil? And when do I plant what I want to grow? And how/when do I fertilize? And how/when do I water? The basics are critical to your success as a gardener, and you need to know what the experts say about gardening where you live. This isn’t the time to try to guess.

Emotional Satisfaction

But let’s push this concept a little. In addition to growing your own food, you will find emotional and psychological benefits to gardening. First, you are outdoors in fresh air doing something positive for you and your family. If you are gardening with children or grandchildren, you experience the added benefit of making a contribution to their lives. Both teaching them ‘how to’ garden, and spending valuable time with them making memories that will last all their lives.

And finally, the emotional satisfaction you experience watching seeds and seedlings grow into mature, life-giving plants cannot be over emphasized. Positive experiences help activate endorphins in your brain, which contribute to a sense of well-being for us all.

Gardening is a highly positive experience. There just isn’t any good reason not to grow your own food.

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