With stay-at-home orders and social distancing, backyard gardening is a growing trend.
Under the COVID-19 pandemic, and many at home with extra time and worried that grocery stores may not be able to provide some produce, “crisis gardening” is hitting backyards.
After this weekend’s cool snap and we head into April, it’ll be a good time to get out in your yards and gardens. Here’s are 9 things you can do now:
- Prep your soil, take out weeds, take out unwanted plants from last season
- Do a soil analysis; the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences can do it for free
- Plan your new plants -- get good seed from reputable sources. Now’s a good time to plant.
- Trim dead leaves/limbs off plants, clean up and trim back.
- Oak trees are dropping leaves and growing pollen. Clean up leaves.
- Mulch, you can start soon!
- Watering the plants: Start during warm days!
- Make sure planting locations have good light, trim plants around to allow light.
- Make sure you have a good water source.
Happy growing! And remember, gardening is a lifestyle, and it can take 90 days to grow some seeded vegetables, and six months until your chicken can lay eggs.