What, if anything, are you doing differently (garden or prep-wise) due to Covid?
I see a lot of evidence that more people are gardening and baking and storing TP. But for those of us that were already gardening, baking & stocking supplies, what are you doing different (if anything) in the wake of this mess? (Either Covid or the recent riots)
On our front, this was the kick in the pants for us to get the gardening going. For nearly two decades we've been in "are we going to stay in this house or try to move to more land" mode (we have 1/3 acre in suburbia, where the local gov says chickens are not normal). In the later half of March, just after all the quarantining started, our oldest son was married. His new father-in-law works in food production, so while we were waiting prior to the ceremony, I took the time to ask him if he thought there would be any significant food shortages. He said things were fine, production was chugging along. Then I asked him if he thought there could be issues in a few months due to lack of raw materials, and he said yes, that definitely could produce a problem. Especially for things that come from overseas. Plus, while we've been locavores for years, we have started seeing some of our usual farm suppliers struggling to keep up with sometimes drastically increased demand.
So, that was our cue to do more for ourselves. We started with ordering strawberry & raspberry plants, 150 & 45 respectively. Then the nursery made a mistake, and sent our order twice. (EEP). we managed to give away half the strawberries and most of the raspberries, but ended up planting another 75 strawberries and 11 more raspberries. But we weren't done! We had had raised beds for years, but due to work pressures and laziness, many had been in disarray, cluttered, etc. We set out to clear the beds, weed, repair, etc. we started seedlings (though not well--we're working on that), and ordered add'l seeds. We cut down the bushes along the north fence so we could plant along the fence in pole beans, corn & squash (regrettably, the later two didn't come up). We are trying melon pits (from David the Good's video in the home grown food summit last month). We also got three fruit trees, a gooseberry, some asparagus and a climbing rose and have added those to our area. And yesterday, one of our tall trees that was blocking a lot of light came down and has opened up the space (plus the stump grinder guy did the row of bushes that we'd removed).
Fortunately for us, our neighbor to the south has also been clearing their property in order to put in a permanent fence, but that means they've cleared tons of brush and 10-15' high buckthorn that was also blocking light for many of our beds (which is why they were in disuse).
All in all, we're doing what we can to really move forward and provide our own sustenance where we can! How about you?
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