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As we continue to practice public health recommendations to practice physical distancing and spend more time at home, now is the perfect opportunity to try gardening for the first time! You just might be pleasantly surprised with what you can grow.

 Recreation NL has gathered information and resources for those interested in trying out their green thumb for the first time! Stay tuned over the next several months as we’ll share more information to help your garden grow.

Benefits of Gardening

Gardening is a great recreational activity that has multiple benefits including:

  • keeping you physically active
  • getting outside for fresh air
  • increasing access to healthy food like vegetables, fruits and herbs
  • improving your emotional and mental wellbeing
  • learning new skills and knowledge
  • being fun for the whole family!

Hear what Marystown gardeners, Gord and Susan Brockerville, have to say about the benefits of gardening and why you should start your own home garden!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc5UBaf1BzQ&t=1s

Article: This is the Year to Give Gardening a Try!:

https://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/this-is-the-year-to-give-gardening-a-try/

Pandemic gardening: More than half of Canadians were growing their own food at home this year, study shows: https://bit.ly/33B9fP6

Gardening for Beginners – What You’ll Need

All you need to get started with a home garden are some simple supplies you can find at any hardware store, and even the dollar store! Here is a list of some basic tools and supplies you need to get started:

https://www.gardendesign.com/how-to/tools.html

https://murraysgardens.com/wp-content/uploads/Fertilizer-and-Soil-Basics.pdf

https://murraysgardens.com/wp-content/uploads/Compost.pdf

Interested in container gardening? Here’s some tips on getting started! https://www.almanac.com/content/container-gardening-vegetables

Want to build your own raised bed garden? Check out details here: https://www.almanac.com/content/how-build-raised-garden-bed

No soil? No problem! Hydroponics is a method of growing plants that does not require soil. Instead, it uses the minerals found in water to grow crops. Find out more here: https://sucseed.ca

What Are The Most Popular Crops To Grow in NL?

Some of the easiest crops to grow in our unique climate include:

  • potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, onion, garlic, turnip, cabbage, beets, peas, lettuces, cucumber, celery, and edible flowers

Check out more specific growing tips on a variety of vegetables and fruit here:

https://murraysgardens.com/whats-new/information-sheet/

Gardening 101 – Getting Started

Here are some helpful links to help get you started once you have your supplies on hand, and have decided what you’d like to grow:

https://www.veseys.com/ca/gardening-101#how-to-grow

https://murraysgardens.com/wp-content/uploads/How-to-Grow-Vegetables.pdf

Wondering how to get the kids involved? Check out these fun ideas! https://www.thetelegram.com/lifestyles/regional-lifestyles/get-growing-5-gardening-activities-to-entertain-kids-indoors-and-out-427326/

https://kidsgardening.org/news-kidsgardening-offers-easy-parent-and-kid-activities/

Interested in composting? Check out these tips from MMSB: https://mmsb.nl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/WEB-BackyardComposting-Guide.pdf

 Other Useful Resources

Harvesting for Beginners

Check out these resources that provide tips for harvesting so you can get the most out of your hard work this gardening season:

How & When to Harvest Vegetables: https://ca.minigarden.net/how-when-to-harvest-vegetables/

Harvesting Your Vegetable Garden: 5 Quick Tips for Beginners: https://www.clickandgrow.com/blogs/news/harvesting-your-vegetable-garden-5-quick-tips-for-beginners

15 Tips on How to Store and Preserve Your Garden Harvest: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/how-to-store-preserve-fruits-vegetables-garden-124627

Grow Your Own Food: 7 Fall Garden Chores for Harvest: https://www.foodbloggersofcanada.com/harvesting-the-garden/

 7 Tips to Prepare Your Vegetable Garden for Winter: https://growagoodlife.com/prepare-vegetable-garden-winter/