The world is shutting down and many of us are living tiny in our homes with a prospect of weeks or months of relatively little direct human interaction. Yes, there are books and yes – the phone and internet.
There is also – the garden.
What can you do with a garden in thirty or sixty days…or a bit more? I’m guessing more than you think.
In twenty-one days you can grow a bed of lettuce from seed.
In twenty-five days, you can grow radishes. Not a choice I would make but they’re fast, fun, and kids love to see them develop.
In thirty days, you could be harvesting bok choy or spinach (you see a trend here…leafy greens grow quickly). But you can also harvest a crop of baby carrots too.
Larger full-size carrots take fifty days.
Sixty days? Bush beans. Summer squash (actually 35 to 55 days) – those never-ending zucchini and relatives.
If you’re impatient then try cheating and starting from your salad discards. The ends of green onions can be set in soil or a glass of water to grow new green tops.
The same for carrot ends (the top end where the leaves were). Place in moist soil or a glass of water and watch them grow.
If you buy lettuce with the root still attached you can place that in soil and have fresh salad greens within a few weeks.
And celebrate the end of your confinement with a healthy salad or stew with fresh veggies.
Cyndy Green has been intrigued by news since she got a toy printing press as a six year old. She switched to visual story telling at the age of 12 with her first still camera and moved to broadcasting after an internship in 1974. After 28 years in broadcast news and another 8 teaching broadcasting, she still can’t live without a camera in hand and an editing computer nearby, so in retirement she continues creating visual stories.