Gardening During COVID-19

What can gardening do to help with the coronavirus pandemic? Gardening has always been touted as a relaxing recreational activity that can provide great personal rewards. During this time, when many people are working at home and students are learning at home, gardening can be a positive family-inclusive activity to adopt.

Remote schooling is new for most all students in our community. Hands-on activities like gardening can encourage children to participate in a way that will enhance learning. Gardening can teach young, preschool- and elementary-aged children, to reinforce skills such as measurements, addition, subtraction, counting, sorting into categories and colors. Practicing motor skills and learning work ethic are also life-skills taught through gardening.

From a mental aspect, growing a vegetable garden may be a way for adults and children to cope with boredom and help families gain a sense of security. Historical experiences during trying times have given us examples of how important gardening can be in our society.

Cost for setting up a garden per family.

Gardening Tools Costs:

2 hoes (10,000 FCFA) = $16.70

1 Spraying can (35,000 FCFA) = $58.49

2 Cutlass (10,000 FCFA) = $16.70

2 rain boots (15,000) = $25.07

200L Water drum (30,000 FCFA) = $50.14

wood ash (1000 FCFA) = $1.67

Total (103,000 FCFA/$172)

Seedlings

5 cups of beans. 2000 FCFA = $3.34

2Cups of okra seeds. 1500 FCFA = $2.51

2 cups of Sweet bitter leaf seeds. 1050 FCFA =$1.75

30 bundled seedlings of huckleberry 1500FCFA=$2.51

 Training session

Land rentals 38000 FCFA=$63,52

Purchase of water 1500FCFA=$2,51

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