Responsible Gardening Through the Pandemic

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What a time to be alive . . . navigating each day responsibly has become more important than ever. Three states have ordered stay-at-home orders, and six others have implemented a “shelter-in-place” initiative, which is not a legal term, but nevertheless attempts to curb residents from leaving their homes.

The seriousness of the virus and halting its spread, while not overwhelming our health care infrastructure is no simple task. Thus, it’s important to not act selfishly or recklessly. As gardeners, we know the peacefulness, harmony, and perspective Mother Nature can provide to our minds. Something that is invaluable at a time like this. This is why we are attempting to strike a responsible balance between the two.

But first, the ground rules. The widespread adoption of “extensive social distancing” (physical, not social!) appears to be the best way forward. In short, that means:

  • staying home when sick;
  • maintaining 6 feet of distance between other people;
  • covering your sneeze/cough with a tissue or your arm or elbow; and more . . .
  • Wearing a mask over your face while in public;
  • For the complete list of recommendations, read here.
  • Please review and apply these principles in the garden and at home.

The DC government has prohibited gatherings of 10 or more people. The well-known community garden, Wangari Gardens, is allowing “a small crew of volunteers” to come out during their work days. We will be adopting a similar approach. We will be hosting garden work days on Wednesdays 6-7pm, and Saturdays 12-2pm, between March 28th and April 25th. For each hour, there will be 4 available slots to sign up for using the garden work day spreadsheet.

We will be providing soap, clean gardening gloves, and will wash tools after use. If you have your own gloves and tools, you are welcome to bring them, otherwise, we will ask that you wash the tools after you’re done using them.