Victory for our time… the garden!
Guest Post by Phil Grime
When many people now are idle or self-isolating at home due to the pandemic, I have a positive idea to consider!
Peter Comart, the founder of Garden Mats, mentioned in his November newsletter that the most precious gift that we can give to others is the gift of time. Well, we can personally benefit with extra time right now by looking to our gardens.
Now is the “perfect storm” of opportunity to plan this year’s garden, whether it is your first or fiftieth. April, when we no longer have winter sports, no snow removal to contend with in the North, and summer activities are still at least a month away, we can plan ahead for a harvest of food grown in our own yards. Considering the possibility of upcoming food insecurity, already evident in some grocery stores, an organic garden is our relief.
Garden Mats has a number of products useful in figuring out your garden, whether for small patio spaces or extensive plots. Garden Mats are designed to provide appropriate distance between various types of plants for vigorous growth, to allow water to pass through and slow down evaporation, to control spikes in soil temperature, and most of all, to keep pesky weeds from competing with plants for valuable nutrients. A weed-free garden certainly is enjoyable to view, as well.
So, get out some paper and sketch your prospective garden layout. Garden Mats has nine options– mats with holes for different sized plants, and mats of varying lengths. Each mat comes in four-foot widths, yet the material can be cut easily to fit your particular space. Remember, too, these mats can be reused annually for sustained value. Simply go to GardenMats.com to order. Their great products generally ship the same day from their Vermont factory directly to your home.
Victory gardens were promoted during World Wars I and II for supplementing family’s food needs and generally to boost morale at home and across the country. Well, we are facing a war of another kind, and we have time on our side. Sadly, many of us have plenty of time now due to job losses which hopefully will be temporary. Many more people are working from home, thus time is not spent on commutes. Also, mandatory self-isolation keeps us from social time with others.
The garden is a great way to productively use our new-found time while enjoying the outdoors of our smaller worlds. Whether you decide to grow herbs, flowers, strawberries, or the full range of veggies, the garden will be a bountiful addition to life when you–and we–need it most.
Stay healthy and safe.