As coronavirus swept the United States in early 2020, interest in backyard gardening soared. People began to spend more time at home and struggled to find many pantry staples in supermarkets. All of a sudden, growing your own became trendy. Now, we are seeing the comeback of backyard gardening in 2020.
Then and Now
This is not the first time in history when non-farmers began to grow vegetables and fruits at home. During World War II, pantry staples and canned vegetables were rationed. Gardening at home allowed the rations to be stretched longer. Posters and literature described Victory Gardens as, “A Real War Effort.” State Universities supplied instructions and suggested plans for growing food at home.
Today’s backyard gardens are personalized based on the gardener’s desires. Some look similar to Victory Gardens. Others are more unique because of the gardening space design and hardiness zone. Because of modern technology and advanced greenhouses, gardeners in the United States may grow almost anything they would like.
How to Begin a Backyard Garden
To start a backyard garden, the gardener must decide where and how to grow crops. Those gardeners without yard space have several options available, too. Vertical/balcony garden beds, hydroponic gardening, and community gardening are all resourceful alternatives to the traditional backyard vegetable garden.
All gardeners should decide what they want to grow. They need to research the best time and recommended method for planting. When, where, and how is usually listed on seed packets these days. The Cooperative Extension Offices at State Universities are great resources for learning what grows best at your home.
Throughout the growing season, make sure your plants are watered and fertilized. There are many ways to fertilize your plants without chemicals. Timers and special sprinklers make watering convenient for any schedule.
The most important thing about gardening is to enjoy the process! Gardening is a proven stress reliever, and spending time outdoors boosts Vitamin D intake. Take advantage of the time at home this spring and summer.
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People began to spend more time at home and struggled to find many pantry staples in supermarkets. All of a sudden, growing your own became trendy. Now, we are seeing the comeback of backyard gardening in 2020.
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