Now that we are three weeks into this whole “social distancing” thing, I’m finding that I am getting INCREDIBLY bored! I can’t wait to get outside and start hanging out with those in my gardening club again. Fortunately, one of the best things about gardening is that you can do it alone or with a group. If you are eager to get outdoors and get your hands dirty, try these solitary gardening ideas. They’re great when you have to practice social distancing!
5 DIY Gardening Ideas That Are Social Distancing Approved
Gardening Ideas: Victory Gardens
Even if you weren’t alive during World War 2, chances are that you learned about “victory gardens” in history class. Due to a produce shortage around the country, many families resorted to creating their own gardens. Though the US hasn’t declared a food shortage yet, experts expect that one is on the way. Be prepared for the shortage by planting your vegetables now. Things like sweet potatoes, kale, lettuce, celery, onions, and more are all super easy to grow. You might even get more than one harvest out of yours if you plan accordingly.
Gardening Ideas: Tea Garden
Though herbs are no substitute for actual western medicine, they can help you feel your best in times of pandemic. Create a small tea garden outback and grow things like peppermint, echinacea, ginger, and other herbs to help keep you feeling in tip top shape. Learn more about making your own tea garden here.
Gardening Ideas: Cut Flowers
If you love cut flowers, sow the seeds for a cut flower garden this season while you are in quarantine. Though it will take a few months for them to grow (if grown from seed, you might not be able to cut them till mid Summer) who knows how long this will last. Watching them grow may give you something to look forward to. Plus, who doesn’t like a bouquet of fresh flowers displayed around the house? Learn more about a cut flower garden here.
Gardening Ideas: Update Your Seating Area
Since we all have to stay home, why not turn your backyard into an outdoor paradise? If you have the room to swing it, set aside some time to create a new set of patio furniture out of scrap wood or pallets. You could even dig out an in-ground fire pit if you were looking for a reason to stay outside all day. Creating an outdoor haven like this is truly what will keep you from going insane through the remainder of the pandemic.
Gardening Ideas: DIY Fountain
The sound of running water is often enough to make even the most stressed-out people take a minute for relaxation. You can order a DIY fountain online (though, with the current Amazon shipping times you may not receive it until after the pandemic) or you can make your own. All you need is a water pump, some gravel, and a large pot. Learn more about creating your own here.