Ask the ExpertsGardening Tips during Covid-19May 18, 2020Spring has indeed sprung! As people continue to stay in their homes, they pick up new hobbies, and interest in gardening is experiencing a major boom.The covid-19 pandemic shouldn’t keep you away from your lawn. In fact, it presents a fantastic opportunity for you to start your own garden or build upon what you already have. Turn couch potatoes into real potatoes!Before we elaborate on some gardening tips, keep these in mind:Practice social distancingAvoid going to community gardens during this time.It’s important that you work on your garden without leaving the house. Here are some ideas to get you started:Containers – bottles, egg cartons, cansSoil – cardboard, coffee grounds, charcoalFertilizer – fermented weedsWatering – cooking water, rainwaterTools – DIY shovel made out of a plastic bottleYes, you don’t need to go out of the garden to purchase supplies! You can even grow plants from your kitchen. Some vegetables can be sown right away, without the need for you to dry them out. Examples are:Chili and bell pepperSquash and zucchiniCherry tomato and tomatoLemon seeds, orangePear, apple, blueberry, strawberry, kiwiAvocadoCucumbersWhat can you do in the garden during quarantine?1. WeedingThe spring rains give us wet soil, and weeds are the first to take advantage of it! Now is a perfect time to pull the weeds. Moist soil will make this activity fairly easy. Manual weeding is the best, as it helps prevent the use of herbicides or chemicals. Pull out the entire root system for best results.2. RenewingThis season is the best for renewing your lawn. Here are some great tips from Southern Botanical, your landscaping services company in Dallas, TX. You can still mow your garden, but keep the trimmings. Do not leave your home to dump them at your nearest eco-center or landfill.3. Pruning and trimmingNow is a good time to prune your roses and shrubs, if you haven’t had the chance to do it yet. Well maintained plants are healthier, safer, and more attractive. Plus, it makes your plants less susceptible to disease and pest.Now is also a great opportunity to involve your kids in the garden. It’s a great way to teach them how wonderful nature is and is a healthy way to build up their immunity.Whether you have a sprawling yard or an apartment balcony, you can definitely add green to any space. With these gardening tips, you can have your very own garden – whether it’s indoors or outdoors – flourishing in no time.Sources:“Gardening, farming booms during coronavirus pandemic,” USA Today, 14 Apr. 2020, https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/04/14/coronavirus-gardening-hobby-and-self-sustainability-create-interest/2923047001/. “The Easiest Fruits and Vegetables to Grow for Beginners,” Garden Tech, https://www.gardentech.com/blog/gardening-and-healthy-living/8-easy-to-grow-fruits-and-veggies.