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Safe gardening

March 13, 2020
By H.I. JEAN SHIELDS ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Where can we go nowadays to escape the bad virus problem that is lurking among us? The garden, of course!

Please understand I do not mean a trip to a botanical garden. The garden you have at home.

You may not have a big beautiful garden and you do not need to invite all your friends over for a healthy garden party, however, it is a great safe place for you to spend some extra time. You may find you actually need to be spending more time there anyway.

Garden chores are always waiting your care, and now is the time to be out in the fresh air and tending your garden instead of going out into the crowded world.

Instead of visiting crowded places, attending popular events or just eating out, stay home and do some things you have been putting off around the house. I have a friend who is using some down time to repair a favorite footstool. She does not have to go out for special items to use, they have been waiting around the house to be used.

How about computer games, card games with your spouse or significant other. No fighting over who wins, that is a rule!

Clean the garage. Write letters. You can send cards now instead of a personal visit to confined friends.You can have groceries delivered.

A lot of people have started that already, it is a new experience. You might have never wanted to try something like ordering out, but a lot of that is going on nowadays. Great stories for later on.

The garden is there and it is always needy, so stay safe and enjoy the unhurried time you will be having now.

Hopefully in our area we will not be invaded by any real bad health problem.

One way we can all help is to be careful and stay home more.

Use cleaning wipes, and keep the tissue box handy. Door handles are always germ holders. I use a tissues or cleaning wipe to open doors.

It is kind of strange but no one has laughed yet.

Spring is on the way and we can look forward to better times, in the world and in our gardens.

This problem will pass, take care and stay out of the way as much as possible. Best of luck to those who have to be dealing with the public.

Happy gardening till we meet again.

H.I. Jean Shields is Past President of the Garden Club of Cape Coral.



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