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Grow a little hope in your coronavirus ‘victory garden’

Umbrella House rooftop garden, New York City. (Photo credit: Ru-Shin Shieh/Wikimedia Commons)
Umbrella House rooftop garden, New York City. (Photo credit: Ru-Shin Shieh/Wikimedia Commons)

Call it a “victory garden” after the World War II phenomenon, or a “living pantry,” but whatever you do — grow vegetables.

Gardening is psychologically rewarding as well as physically challenging, and the rewards are obvious.

If your space is reduced, websites such as homestead.org can get you started on ideas for French intensive gardening, square foot gardening, and other urban-friendly methods.

Backyard discoveries

Even without the possibility of close-contact activities such as team sports, experts say getting out into your own backyard can have enormous psychological benefits, and provide a wealth of distractions.

In the age of pandemic, these include scavenger hunts, leaf rubbings, watching the behavior of birds, insects and amphibians, observing clouds and weather patterns, or even starting a rock collection.

Sources: San Jose Mercury News, The Guardian, Homestead.org, College Education News

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