Gardening can be a form of exercise and a way to relax, and is a wonderful choice for getting some fresh air while socially distanced. The tradition of victory gardens has long been an American fallback during difficult periods of history, a way to provide for our neighbors in times of need, or to hedge our bets against insecurities, and never has the moment called for it more than it does right now.
Schools, churches, and other large organizations are sitting empty and under-utilized while food banks are struggling, when some well planned community involvement could go a long way to providing healthy, fresh fruits, vegetables, and even mood uplifting flowers and green spaces. Basic starting guides have been written by state cooperative extensions, as well as colleges like Texas A&M, and by seed vendors like Bonnie Plants.
Depending on the age, experience level, and health of your gardeners, you may pursue large planting projects like corn, which require tillers or other tools to be purchased or rented. For first year growers however, or those looking to appeal to schoolchildren or seniors, raised beds can eliminate a host of problems. Young children can’t accidentally trample any in-ground plants, seniors won’t experience as much discomfort from stooping or bending to pull weeds, and raising plants out of direct contact with the ground can reduce certain pest activity. This is an especially good idea in city lots, where there is no existing earth to plant in anyways.
Container grown fruit can be one of the easiest, most low maintenance types of gardening, and choosing bush grown rather than tree grown fruit further simplifies it. It doesn’t require daily watering, only needs minimal weeding, and pest control can be performed during the non-fruiting times of year, minimizing exposure to any pesticides or other chemical treatments. Blueberry bushes accept a wide range of growing environments; they grow happily from Maine to Florida, as long as the right varieties are selected for your growing zone they’ll be an easy to grow treat.