Home Garden – Potatoes
In accordance with your advice, I starting looking into a home garden, BUT I don’t have much space. Found these videos about growing them in 5 gallon buckets. He even pointed out that you would get more out of the bucket that the ground of the same area. Also pointed out what types of plastic to use (and what not to). Overall very good guidance. Only issue is that it sounds like we started a little late. Takes 3-5 weeks for the potatoes to ‘chit’ and be ready for planting.
I took your advice and planted a garden. I live in a townhouse in a remote community in South Georgia. We don’t have any space here to plant a garden so my wife and I rented a 20′ X 40′ plot in the local community garden. There are 90 gardens in that community garden.
Many of the gardens are donation gardens and the produce goes to community food pantries.
We worked hard all week and put in all of our vegetables, green beans, snap beans, tomatoes, zuchini, long neck squash, radishes, melons, cucumbers, egg plants, okra, banana peppers, parsley, cilantro, green bell peppers and yellow bell peppers. It’s all organic. This has been one heck of a week getting that garden in order, cultivated, weeded and started.
Anyway, today our Governor issued a “shelter-in-place” order for the state of Georgia, initially through April 13.
Bottom line, our gardens were deemed as “non-essential” by some of TLPTB (the LOCAL powers to be) and we cannot work them any longer. But, it’s fine for us to go outside to exercise, go to the grocery stores to buy food (without face masks), go to medical appointments, go to the pharmacy for medicine and go to restaurants as long as it’s for take-out. You can travel for business and go to work if the company is deemed essential. There are other guidelines, of course.
But, a garden, my food supply for this summer and later (since I plan to can) has been deemed by TPTB as a “hobbie” and non-essential.
We are literally “dying on the vine” here in Georgia.
So sorry Steve, to bad stupidity isn’t painful. Bet the liquor stores are open?
Can you just “walk” around the garden for exercise ? Here in CA no one would stop you from walking around a community garden, even if it is not on the list. Just do it as short of a time, only one person there at a time, to water. Maybe the various community garden people can co-ordinate so there is never more than one person there at a time via email. Like I said, what we have seen here is that they just do not want people in teh same place at teh same time and otherwise dont care
You can also double check you list of exemptions often agriculture is an exemption.
If they didt like it, they would only issue a warning anyways ( at least for the first time) SO give it a go if you need to go there
AKGrannyWGrit – yes, the liquor stores are open for “take-out” only. The main one has a drive-thru.
mntnhousepermi – There is a lock on the gate and the garden is fenced.
Have everyone write and call those local representatives. Point out that state law has exemptions for agriculture. Who has the key ? Personally I would demand a change or go over the fence when I had to. Demand nicely at first, let them know how you all spent your food budget on that food in there…. If you get no’s, then have yourself and other members who can make signs and protest there, 6 feet apart f course, or just jump the fence when you need to. The community outcry here would never let a community garden get padlocked like that. There is also using bolt cutters at night option…
A “watering team” has been deemed essential and designated to run the sprinklers. The sprinklers will rotate between the plots 2-3 times per week.
That is a minimum approach since it does not include harvesting the already mature vegetables from the winter gardens. It also does not include the everyday hand watering that we would normally do. Nor does it include the weeding, seeding, mulching and tending to the garden.
Hopefully there will be enough outcry to change the circumstances before this goes on too long. If not, I’m sure the watering team will do the best they can to mitigate the situation.
You have time to Start again, this time guerilla gardening under powerlines or on abdandoned property.
We are still shut-down in regards to working our community garden and awaiting our leaders to make a determination that we can reopen. This property is roughly 90 plots of 20′ X 40′ each and normally provides food to 90 families as well as friends, homeless and food pantries throughout our community.
How strange to discover a cultural change is required to reorder “necessities” that values “growing your own groceries” ahead of playing golf, shopping and ordering take-out.
Change is painful.
My lesson is to immediately (when Covid 19 settles down) get out of apartment/condo living and search out a single family home where I have my own space for a garden. Nobody will question working the garden on my own property.
We also learned a lot about how to cultivate and plant a garden for when we get our own private spot. We are way down that road now.
Steve, the press is looking for local interest stories all the time. And in this crisis a story of the local government taking food out of your mouth (and by extension anyone else who gardens) would be a big interest. Spend a few hours and make some calls. Get a report with a camera in their faces and the officials will “clarify” they never meant to do that.