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Growing through gardening in a time of pandemic will make us more self-sufficient

Lorraine Courtney


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Go green: Growing fruit, veg and herbs is one of the most life-enhancing, practical and enriching things you can ever do

Go green: Growing fruit, veg and herbs is one of the most life-enhancing, practical and enriching things you can ever do

Go green: Growing fruit, veg and herbs is one of the most life-enhancing, practical and enriching things you can ever do

Last week, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD called for hardware stores and garden centres to remain open so we can paint our houses, and for all south-facing windowsills to be used to grow salad during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Let's get every south-facing windowsill in this country and let's plant our seeds in the next week. So, if there is any supply crisis in two to three months' time - and this hits hard - we have our salads ready to go," he said. When we had finally stopped laughing at the intensity of his outburst, we all realised that Eamon had a point. A very good point. In a time when Covid-19 is making us rethink how we consume, it makes perfect sense.

This year I was planning on growing more, expanding from flower pots to veg pots in my dark urban backyard. I'd chance growing cress, parsley, maybe some lettuce. And before anybody rolls their eyes at the humble herb that yes, is less gardening and more the sideshow to an uninspired egg sandwich, think about how insanely rewarding it is to watch an actual green thing grow.