In the Garden: Starting Your Own

The coronavirus pandemic has everyone from the New York Times to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald commenting on and instructing how to raise vegetables at home. The executive chairman of Burpee’s Seed Co. told NPR that he’s never seen a seed-buying surge as large as this year’s -- not during the 1987 stock market crash, or the 2000 dot-com bubble burst, nor earlier oil crises.

Gardening is a great learn-by-doing hobby you can do at home. You can jump right in without being an expert and will be able to harvest results while mistakes hardly slow you down. New home-garden efforts will range from growing lettuce in a few grow bags to rototilling large patches of lawn.

If you’d like to start small, you’ll find tools and groups all over the internet to provide lots of advice and support. If your new to starting a garden, check out this practical and realistic video, which tells you to choose a small space, prepare the bed and plant a few summer vegetables.

Harvesting Greens in the Garden (Photo Credit: Brooke Gentile)

Early May is the perfect time to plant starts of tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, and seeds of squash, watermelon, cucumber and beans. If your garden is small, upright plants like tomatoes and peppers will probably give you the most yield for your effort. Cherry tomatoes produce early, grow easily with little care and provide versatile ingredients for summer cooking.

--Sarah Fritschner, MMO Editor

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