Updated: May 19, 2020
Amid virus worries and drawn-out stay-at-home orders, many Garden State residents are returning to their roots. If you were inspired by National Gardening Month in April, you may be nearly finished with planting. For those who skipped the early spring vegetables, mid-May is the ideal time to plant hot-weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, herbs, yellow squash and zucchini.
COVID-19 gardening, whether you plant flowers, vegetables or fruit, is fun for all ages, healthy for the body and mind—and easy to get into. If you haven’t ventured out to dig in the dirt, it’s not too late. Check out these fun facts and easy hacks for adding Mother Nature to your quarantine routine.
Your garden yields big dividends long before flowers blossom or vegetables ripen for harvest. When you’re ready to trade Netflix binges for an outdoor escape, gardening and landscape work is a family-inclusive hobby that makes lockdown feel a bit less stifling.
FACT #1: COVID-19 gardening boosts the mental development and health of kids. Early garden experience introduces young children to natural science, helps them develop fine motor skills and exposes them to microbes that may fight allergies and autoimmune diseases. It also encourages them to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
FACT #2: Planting, weeding and harvesting make a great outdoor workout. You’ll benefit from fresh air and sunshine while burning 300 calories per hour doing routine garden tasks. In addition, you’ll improve your flexibility and build hand strength and coordination.
FACT #3: Digging in soil fights depression. Exercising with a purpose is a recommended way to lift the spirits. Gardening relieves stress and boredom, but there’s another reason for the lift you get outdoors: Mycobacterium vaccae. This soil microbe boosts immunity and improves your sense of well-being. It could be just the prescription you need for the quarantine blues.
You don’t need a large yard and a lot of tools to begin your dirt-therapy. Start small, but be warned—gardening can be addictive. Let the growing begin with these easy garden hacks:
A beautiful garden is a promise of better things to come, and we could all use that right now. Share your progress and your bounty with neighbors who are struggling to keep spirits up and food on the table. As New Jersey’s stay-at-home orders are eventually lifted, you’ll brighten someone’s day with fresh flowers, herbs or produce from your garden. Until then, post your favorite flower and veggie garden photos on Facebook, and don’t forget to tag us @MaglioElectricLLC!
For town-specific planting calendars customized for Hampton, NJ and surrounding boroughs, visit the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
During or after the COVID-19 crisis, you never know when you’ll face your next household emergency or electrical repair. As an essential service, Maglio Electric remains open and ready to assure your safety and provide for your electrical needs. Request service at 908.735.6218 or connect with Maglio Electric online. A member of our team will respond promptly.
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