You're probably already climbing the walls as the coronavirus lock goes into the third month. As states try to open, there is still a risk of the virus rising, causing us to block again.

One way to deal with the temporary new normal is to pursue your gardening passions. Many of you may be too young to understand that going through the garden hobby in difficult times is a legendary undertaking.


During the First World War there was a food shortage. As a result, the federal government urged citizens to create Liberty Gardens. You probably don't know that a school called the US School Garden Army was founded to teach children how to garden. The effort helped the little ones feel that they were contributing to the war effort.

The Liberty Gardens disappeared at the end of the war because the United States had robust agriculture.

But the desire to turn to the garden was revived during the Great Depression, when millions of Americans were unemployed and many people had to work in the garden to survive. Since some of them might not be pursuing the garden hobby, the gardeners were growing staple foods at that time that were easy to grow. This included potatoes and beans. These foods were high in calories and nutrition.

The depression and the garden trend continued until the Second World War. Encouraged again the help that showed the country's war effort and the "National Victory Gardens" in the landscapes and cities. The effort was essential at the time. In 1944, 40 percent of the food grown in the United States was harvested at the National Victory Gardens.

As in the case of the "Liberty Gardens" in the First World War, the "National Victory Gardens" also disappeared after the Second World War and agriculture took over the task of feeding America again.


For those of you who don't remember the 1970s oil embargo that led to a lack of gasoline and high prices. In many cases, gasoline costs made it difficult for people to buy enough food to feed their families. Gardening became very popular again.

And now it starts again. Gardening is an important hobby that helps many of us to deal with the new reality.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with gardening, there are many blogs here at that provide information on the subject. There are other websites on the Internet where you can answer your questions.

Another good source of information for garden novices is an expansion of the university cooperative. A number of land grant universities in the United States have these programs.

Teach the children

The lockdown experience now involves parents teaching their children at home online with the support of schools. The children's passion for learning was transferred to their homes.

For parents or a mother who is passionate about gardening, this is now a great opportunity to pass this passion on to your children. Involve them in your garden projects and encourage them to participate in their own projects. No doubt your school can give you ideas on how to carry your education into the garden. There are also websites that offer ideas on how to involve your children.

As you can see, there is no reason to remain locked in your house during the pandemic. Not many people need to be involved to pursue a garden hobby. Just make sure you wear a mask and wash your hands. Get out there and have fun.