What to sow, grow and share to fight COVID 19
Like many people I’ve been feeling a bit worried and helpless in the face of the unfolding spread of the corona virus and the resulting COVID 19 disease. I decided that the best therapy would be to take some proactive action no matter how small.
Debbie and decided that we could make the most difference by growing food for our friends and neighbours, especially those that need to self-isolate because they are at risk. We already grow food for all of our local family, but we approach the council (who currently prohibit gifting of allotment grown food to friends and neighbours) and they said they would waive that rule for the remainder of 2020.
So we set to work sowing, growing and harvesting as much fresh veg (soon fruit as well) as we can. Looking at how we can squeeze more from the same space by interplanting and better management of successions and bringing more of our garden under cultivation.
Finally I looked into how we can optimise our nutrition to help fight COVID 19 and other corona viruses and we are growing more of the crops that provides those nutrients.
Not sure what to plant when, please read this article.
To read more about the science and for other things that you can do to protect yourself check out these articles:
Here’s a summary of the video:
*** immune boost and general health
If you are a smoothie advocate use raw garlic, crushed, exposed to open air for ten minutes
Peas including mangetout
French and runner beans
Calabrese, flowers and leaves
Beet greens/Chard/Perpetual spinach
*** Vitamin A
Brassica leaves (sprouts/kale)
*** Vitamin C
Any of the things I’ve already talked about, especially green peppers and soon strawberries!
*** My top 5 absolute favourites (prolific and healthy)
– sprout leaves
– beetroot leaves and roots
– new zealand spinach (tender)
– turnip greens
*** No greenhouse? concentrate on
sprout and kale leaves
*** next month
beetroot and beet leaves
and the rest of the brassicas
chard and NZ spinach at the end of the month
*** Supplements might not be the best option
There is some nervousness about supplementing with high levels of Vitamin A, C, D, Calcium and Cod liver oil, if you can get these from food that’s much better. However opinions vary and some people are now strongly encouraging supplementing with Vitamin D, so you have to make up your own mind. I’m trying to get mine from the sun!