9 First Crops for your Coronavirus Victory Garden

Row Cover and Shade Cloth 

Row cover and shade cloth.

Coronavirus Victory Garden Planning

Here are my first picks for a garden. This tips are of course for any garden any time, but I am particularly inspired to start a Victory Garden resurgence during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's springtime, we are all a bit stressed and could really use the therapy and productivity of a gardening project. Time to dig in the dirt! 

I recommend selecting about five crops that you like to eat. Keep your first garden small and manageable, or your garden will be overrun with weeds and you will be overwhelmed.

9Crop Suggestions

Leaf Lettuce. Lettuce grows fast: 6 to 8 weeks from seeding to harvest. Heading lettuce takes longer. Leaf lettuce can be harvested earlier by picking larger outside leaves and young leaves will continue to grow. Plant a few more every week or so during April and May for a continuous planting. Protect your lettuce patch from bunnies and deer by laying floating row cover over the patch (very lightweight but allows in light and rain). You might be able to find row cover locally, but Johnny's Seeds is a good source otherwise. The photo shows white row cover, which I highly recommend for pest prevention, and an optional resource of black shade cloth, which can help protect spring crops from the hot sun. 

Kale. Kale is a power-house of nutrition that you can grow yourself. Start kale in springtime. As a member of the brassicas (cabbage family), white cabbage moths like to lay their eggs on the leaves. Row cover can keep it protected. Kale can get overrun with pests by August, even with row cover, but enjoy it until then. 

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