Growing Veg during Lockdown
Gardening can be the perfect antidote to the restrictions imposed on those forced to stay at home during the lockdown period.
Much pleasure and satisfaction is to be gained from sowing seeds and watching them grow and mature into something visually appealing or more importantly, under the present circumstances, something that can be eaten.
Growing vegetables is definitely a very sensible thing to do at the moment with the need to reduce the burden on the food supply chain and the number of trips made to the supermarkets. In addition there are other great benefits which include improved physical and mental wellbeing, cost savings and an excuse to get outside and soak up any sunshine there may be.
If you have the room in your garden to create a vegetable patch then try to choose an area away from other vegetation and one that receives sunlight for the majority of the day. Dig over and remove all traces of weeds and consider the addition of well rotted manure or organic matter to enrich the soil. Alternatively you may have the necessary DIY skills and knowledge to construct a raised bed or two out of suitable timber. Such beds give many advantages in that they look neater, are easier to maintain and will be kinder to your back and knees.
It may be that wherever you live there is no formal garden or sufficient space for a vegetable patch, in which case you would be the perfect candidate for container gardening. As this term would suggest you would be making use of containers such as pots , growbags or even dustbins to grow vegetables or herbs. Veg with deep roots such as carrots or parsnips would obviously need a fairly deep container over other types. Care would need to be taken also to fill those containers with a moisture retaining and fertile growing medium as well.
The time is fast approaching when seeds can be sown directly outdoors allowing you to experience the great enjoyment to be derived from growing your own produce.
If you are able to get hold of the necessary materials and seeds then I strongly urge you to give it a try because once you’ve tasted home grown veg you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it before.
Steve (Amenities Supervisor)