Marcia Strykowski

Gardening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Like many others, my life has changed during the COVID-19 virus. One thing I’ve found a wee bit of time for is gardening. All thanks to a friendly woman who gave me a box of 80 seed pods on my way out of Stop & Shop. It was my first time going to this particular food store and I was leery of whether it was safe to do so during the height of the pandemic. It can take longer when you don’t know your way around a new store, especially when following floor arrows and peeking out from behind a mask. After grabbing a few necessities, I was anxious to get out of the store and on my way. I paused in the lobby entrance in search of an antiseptic wipes station. There didn’t seem to be any, but as I glanced over to the other side of the exit door, a big box of seeds was thrust into my hands. I carefully put them in my trunk, washed up, and then grinned. The adventure had been successful after all. I gave bunches of seed pods away to friends and family, but still had many more for myself, so it was time to start planting. I planted turnips, carrots, cherry tomatoes, kale, basil, thyme, and parsley. I’ve since moved a few tomatoes and cucumbers outside. My broccoli and eggplant never came up. Not exactly book news, but here’s a little photo display featuring my cucumber plant in particular.
The brown disc is actually soil. You add water and it immediately expands into enough soil to fill the little pot!
The start of my cucumber! Later I transferred it to a sunny yellow pot.
Above is a closeup of my basil and parsley.
All together, three cucumber plants came up, but two are now outside.
To end with a book, this one seems to be doing quite well. It explores the ups and downs of gardening.


That’s all for now. Hope everyone is doing okay and keeping safe.

31 Comments

  1. Michele Sova

    Thank you for reaching out to all of us with this lovely post! Happy to know you are safe and healthy,

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  2. Bette Norton

    I love all your little plants! The lady who gave you all the plant pods must of had a sense you would nurture and harvest them. I am finding with life slowing down unexpected gifts are coming forth. When life gets up and going again I hope we remember to slow down and live our lives the way it was intended. Have a bountiful harvest!

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    • Ha, I think she was just trying to get rid of the free promotion items before it was too late for planting, but your thoughts are a nice way of looking at it. Yes, there are little bright spots during these dismal days. Thanks! 🙂

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  3. Michelle Elder

    Your seedlings look great! (And, of course, so do you!)

    Is this your first time planting?

    We are happy and healthy. Hope you and yours are, too.

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    • So glad to hear from you, Michelle. I’ve planted before, but usually not from seeds or little pods. Hope to see you real soon!

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  4. I’m impressed with your seedlings. I managed to kill all of mine. Bulbs didn’t come up. Something ate two impatiens plants down to the roots. I’m about to welcome weeds to take over. They grow no matter what I do to kill them.

    I’m glad to hear you are doing well.

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    • Wonderful to hear from you, Anne. Not sure if I’ll actually get any vegetables, but so far so good. I’ll have to check in to see what you’ve been up to. Good luck with those weeds!

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      • You’ve got real, live plants, Marcia!! That’s an important step to vegetables.

        We had all our children and grandchildren together when Denmark daughter was here for two and a half weeks. My posts were full of family outings. They swamped with waterfalls, took a hike, made S’mores, and ate together. There! I’ve saved you quite a bit of time!

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  5. How nice that you were given these seeds, Marcia. Gardening is very therapeutic and rewarding. Sadly, I don’t seem to have time for much these days, its all work, work and more work.

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    • I can relate. Even these tiny seeds are more than I have time for, but I’m trying my best to juggle everything. Hope your work goes well and that you’re able to take many breaks to stop and smell the roses!

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  6. How wonderful to hear from you. Gardening is a perfect thing to do at this time. Stay safe and well. xo

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  7. Kate Walsh

    Nice, Marcia. My son-in-law, Ken, was also given some seed pods. That’s all it took to get him gardening,too!

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    • Hi Kate! It was a great program and easy. I hope lots of kids participated. Hope you’re doing well and thanks for your comment!

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  8. Your colourful pots and the plants in them look lovely Marcia, well done you! I can’t say I’ve grown any veg (mostly because I’m too afraid to go out and buy the seeds!) but I have spent a lot of time in the garden and it’s given me immense pleasure. Terry and I had talked about moving into a retirement flat but I’m so glad we didn’t do it before the pandemic. I can think of nothing worse than having no outside space. Stay safe and well. x

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    • So glad to hear from you, Barbara, and to know you’re doing well. I’m sure your garden flowers are gorgeous, as always, and I’m happy you can enjoy them this summer. Best wishes for continued good health!

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  9. Hi Marcia! Your seedlings did pretty well. I’m so glad you ended with a book, of course. My best to you!

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    • Thanks, Jennie, hope you’re doing well!

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      • You’re welcome, Marcia. All is well here, after a tough spring of distance learning. Fingers crossed that September school openings can ease up on restrictions. 🙂

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  10. Gardening is keeping me sane, Marcia. Lovely post. I think we all would benefit from growing things and getting connected with Mother Nature this year.

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    • Yes, Mother Nature is a big help through these times. 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying your gardens and doing well. Thanks so much for checking in. I hope to catch up on all the blog news soon!

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  11. Congratulations on the plants, Marcia! You’ll have to give us an update later when your are making salads from them. 😀

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    • Wouldn’t that be great, to have enough harvest for an actual salad? 🙂 I’m hoping to at least get a cucumber or two. The other plants still look a little too fragile, not sure if they’ll produce anything. Thanks, hope all is going well with you!

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  12. How fun! I hope the garden is thriving.

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  13. Lovely! And I appreciate the book suggestion!

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