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ISU Extension offering gardening activities during coronavirus

Published: May. 18, 2020 at 8:31 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - The Iowa State Extension has noticed the increase in families and individuals gardening as we all spend more time at home and they are doing their part to help, especially with the lack of summer camps and other summer activities.

“One group that’s called gardening to go and they’re giving one page activities that they can slip in lunch bags for like the school lunch program once a week,” said Earl McAlexander, Region 12 4-H Youth Program Specialist.

“Then we have another group that we were trying to look for something that would be more of a long term activity, and we decided that gardening would be a good topic because everybody seems to be trying to do gardening since they’re at home anyway.”

The second program McAlexander mentions is called Gardening to Give. This is an opportunity for new gardeners and families to embark on a 25 week journey through each stage of growing.

“This week we’ll do it on actual planting and seeds. Next week we’ll be on watering and tillage and so it’s things that were whatever seemed to be happening at about that time, we’re going to try to address,” said McAlexander.

Every Friday afternoon at 3 P.M., a one page front and back piece of paper is sent directly to your email inbox with information about that week’s topic is plus a hands on activity for any level of gardener.

The main goal of Gardening to Give is all in the name.

“If a person or a family gets a good garden started that they’re probably going to produce more than what they can use themselves and so we would like for them to look around their community. Maybe it’s a neighbor that they want to give some of it to, or it might be a food pantry,” said McAlexander.

If you would like to sign up for Gardening to Give, you can register here. All the weekly posts will be updated in English and Spanish every week.

The Gardening to Give is a program on gardening with research-based weekly challenges and learning information.
The Gardening to Give is a program on gardening with research-based weekly challenges and learning information.(Iowa State University Extension)

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