Last night my husband and I decided we would grow a garden this year. We haven’t grown a garden in many years but we thought this year would be a good time to do it. Why did we decide to grow a garden? We decided that we are going to have a new normal due to COVID-19 and made the decision to take a more serious approach to staying healthy. Below is a list of reasons why we decided growing our own vegetables was a smart idea.
Growing Our Own Produce will Result in Fewer Trips to the Store
With the COVID-19 virus spreading so fast and relentlessly, we determined that every time we leave our home, we put ourselves at risk. We have been lucky that our government has responded quickly, with only a few cases in our entire state, and have closed many state offices including mine and part of my husband’s office. We are both able to work from home making it fairly easy for us to stay home. But having to go to store every few days to get fresh produce (if it is available) seemed like a risk we did not want to take. It’s true that it will take time to grow the garden, but considering there is talk this Coronavirus could take 18 months to sweep across the globe, we figured we needed to do something for the long term. The new normal is staying home more, being less social (not that we were that social but we do like to eat out) and thank goodness we can still go hiking in the mountains!
Growing Our Own Produce Will Decrease Demand On the People Who Have to Work in Our Stores
The people who work in our stores don’t have the same luxury. Keeping the doors open so we can get supplies is critical but helping to ease the demand on them during this new normal is something I feel a sense of responsibility to do. I don’t want to put anyone in harms way. Growing our own garden will help to ease the demand, maybe not good for the economy, but safer for us and everyone in the long run.
Growing Our Own Garden will Give Us Something to do Together
We knew that staying home and away from town was the easiest way to keep ourselves safe and put less strain on our town, but we are a little worried about getting cabin fever. We thought that growing a garden to take care of our health would be a good way for us to spend the extra time we will have due to being at home all the time. Working on it together will give us a sense of purpose and something to do together so we are at least doing something. Sitting around doing nothing is too hard.
Growing Our Own Garden will Give Us Hope
Just watching a garden sprout and grow into beautiful producing plants will help to give us home. Just as Spring time is a time of hope, when nature renews itself, a garden will give us the hope and some added security that we can make it through this time. Perhaps I have been watching the news too much, but there is no denying that this is a real crisis and it is showing in the faces of our government leaders. What a stressful and scary time for those who feel responsible for an entire nation.
Growing our own produce and harvesting all the fruit from our fruit baring trees to will help give us something to focus on and something to do together to fight cabin fever and keep us safer. By keeping us safer we are also putting less strain on those that must be in the our stores and warehouses to keep us all supplied. I thank those who are out there braving this and hope that you stay safe and healthy.
How is your normal changing?