Gardening can boost your confidence, self-esteem and body image, a new study has found

According to a new study, gardening can increase our confidence, improve our self-esteem and boost our appreciation of our bodies. This confirms what we already know about gardening being the perfect activity to get us through the current social distancing regulations. The research, conducted by Anglia Ruskin University, looked specifically at allotment gardening. 84 allotment […] […]

Oregon’s free online vegetable gardening course draws in 18,000 people following stay-home orders

The coronavirus crisis has increased interest in individuals wanting to grow their own food during stay-at-home orders, massive layoffs and community planting postponements. About 1,000 people a day are signing up for a free, online vegetable gardening course offered by Oregon State University Extension Service. As of April 1, more than 17,656 people had registered […] […]

Plant a Victoy Garden To Combat Your Isolation Woes

🌱 Plant a Victory Garden to combat your coronavirus fears and isolation woes. 👨‍🌾 During World War II, those at home grew Victory Gardens to ease food shortages & boost morale. While there may not be a shortage of food, those quarantined at home may find their garden to be a place of joy, wonder […] […]

Gardening self-care: Vegetables you can plant right now (indoors and out) during the coronavirus

As you practice social distancing, use this time to introduce two new friends into your life: a shovel and a pair of gloves. During stressful times, nature can be a peaceful refuge. And, coinciding with the timing of coronavirus, we’re also at the start of something a little brighter — gardening season. “There’s a meditative […] […]

Fearing Shortages, People Are Planting More Vegetable Gardens

People still struggle to find food at grocery stores during this pandemic, but Jameson Altott is not as worried. He grows more than half the food for his family from his large garden at home, outside Pittsburgh. “We are lucky to have preserved a lot of food and we still have canned fruits and vegetables […] […]

The therapeutic value of the garden in trying times

If someone were to say I must self-isolate in the garden for the next few weeks, I would shake him or her by the hand. If I could. Here’s a thumbs up from a distance of six feet or more. The neighborhood sidewalks and nature trails are thronged with the cabin-fevered, so what better place […] […]

Gardening a great way to stay active when your’re stuck at home

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you have to stay inside – the current spring weather is perfect for working on the landscape and doing some gardening. Gardening is a great way to get fresh air, exercise, stay productive, and grow some of your own food. This herb garden at the Tom Green Co. 4-H […] […]

The History Of Gardens In Times Of Turmoil

Spring weather and extra time at home may have you thinking about putting in or tending to a garden. It’s something past generations always did in times of turmoil. Home gardens provide extra fruits, veggies and herbs when store shelves may be bare. During both World Wars, the U.S. government encouraged Americans to grow their own […] […]

Gardening column: Big tips on fertilizing your garden

I don’t know if fertilizer is flying off the shelves yet, but I am guessing a few more people might be interested in gardening this year … you know … stocking up! Growing your own produce is fun and eating it fresh from the garden is rewarding. Growing organically remains popular — so much so […] […]

The nine-year-old American girl who builds houses for the homeless – using all the power tools herself!

A nine-year-old builds houses from scratch and they aren’t the kind for dolls.  When Hailey Fort was just five-years-old, it broke her heart to see a homeless man on the street. After asking her parents how she could help him, she’s been assisting the homeless by providing food and housing ever since. Hailey of King […] […]