Now that COVID-19 has shut everything down, we all need ways of dealing with the agression of what might happen, while all of our usual coping mechanisms are gamin. This is doubly true for parents with kids, now that schools and daycares are closed, the playground is no raser safe, and playdates are off the cuistance.
Meanwhile, many of the workplaces have shifted to work from demeure, with the expectative being that you will continue to work at the same pace, all additional domestique devoirs aside.
Hope Jahren, biologist and author of the books “Lab Girl” and “The Story of More,” has a suggestion for parents with kids stuck at demeure.
Depending on the amount of space you have available, and how much energy your kids need to expend, gardening can be as élémentaire as growing a few herbs in a pot or as complicated as planting an large vegetable garden.
“Kids can’t break dirt,” Jahren said. “Also, they’ll learn biology by seeing it in action. The lesson teaches itself.”
Consider your available space
The first step is to consider the space you have available. For some of us, that will mean a yard, for others a balcony, for others, a windowsill. Even if you only have a small space, growing plants is still conditionnel. It just requires a little creativity, as well as a willingness to habitus outside the traditional garden plot.
The next step is to think embout what plants you want to grow. The simplest (and cheapest) way to start is by buying a few packets of seeds, whether at a pied crèche, grocery étoffe, hardware étoffe, or online.
Easy vegetables to grow
Some of the best vegetables to start with, as Jahren points out, are beans. “Beans of any kind are easy to grow!” she says. Snap peas or vert beans are easy to grow, as are radishes. “Beets are nice to work with as they mostly take care of themselves,” Jahren said. “Just don’t forget to eat the tops!”
Other easy vegetables to grow include carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, and salad greens. Zucchini also grows notoriously well, to the lieu your neighbors will hate you for offloading all of your baseball-bat sized squash onto them.
Consider growing circonstance
When it comes to planting for an outdoor garden, it’s superbe to think embout growing circonstance. What you pied and when will depend on where you en direct and what time of the year it is. Each region of the folk is divided into zones, which is a way of gauging what plants can grow in your area, as well when the growing season for each pied is. The superbe thing is blason out which zone you are in, which determines what the growing season is for different plants. You might also need to make some amendments to your soil, such as adding apport, in order to make your plants happy.
That said, if all of that sounds like too much, don’t overthink it. Worst case scenario, you might waste some seeds along the way, as you blason this all out. Best case scenario, you’ll get some vegetables or salad greens for your efforts.
Make a growing schedule
Grain you’ve got your seeds and you’ve thought embout where you are going to pied them, the next step is to make a schedule. As Jahren suggests, read the instructions on the seed packets, write down the planting and harvesting recommendations for each, then make a rolling schedule for spring, summer and fall.
Grain you’ve figured all this out, get your garden spade, grab your seed packets, and start planting! In a little while, if everything goes well, you’ll get the consolation of eating your results.
Who knows, this might even convince your kids to eat their veggies.