Right on schedule, seeds and bulbs are raring to go as the weather warms in Vermont — but community gardeners, as a precaution against COVID-19, have had to rein in the impulse to socialize outside.
Fun and informative options for humans have germinated as garden organizers wait for health officials give the all-clear.
Online seed-swapping forums, shared-tool etiquette, and creative, crowd-thinning schedules feature highly in a list of guidelines published online this week by Burlington-based nonprofit Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN).
Some of VCGN’s ground rules:
- Follow standard health guidelines while the coronavirus epidemic is in full swing (wash hands often; stay at home when sick; minimize social interactions).
- Create standards for how many people can safely work at the same time in the garden at the same time — by maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance from one another.
- Wear gloves, but remember that the new coronavirus can survive on gloves’ surfaces.
- Set up a hand-washing station at the entrance to the garden.
- Remove or lock up shared tools; designate a limited number of people who handle shared surfaces like lids to a compost bin.
The gardening network is moving its springtime seminars and courses online. Details can be found on the group’s website.
Vermont teems with knowledgeable, community-minded gardeners. Here’s where some of them can be found:
Healthy starts to gardens depend, to some extent, on healthy humans. Before you venture out, consider checking out the Vermont Department of Health’s up-to-date information on risks presented by the new coronavirus.
Contact Joel Banner Baird at 802-660-1843 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @VTgoingUp.
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