Where I live, nurseries are suddenly experiencing high demand for food plants, seeds and associated garden products. Faced with extended social lock downs and variable food availability folks are obviously looking to take better control of their food supply.
WE MORE EXPERIENCED GARDENERS NOW NEED TO STEP FORWARD AND HELP THESE NEWBIES.
Fellow growers, more than ever we now need to be sharing our seeds, knowledge and time with all the folks just starting out.
Let’s all do our best to make someone’s (potentially) first home food growing attempt as successful and rewarding as possible.
The world is giving us tons of lemons right now. Let’s help the newbies make buckets of lemonade.
Social distancing, closed borders, grounded planes and extreme personal hygiene practices are happening globally right now. We are trying to stop a virus spreading.
I wondered today whether other outcomes of this changed behaviour might also be:
- a generalised drop in other common conditions such as colds, flu, gastro, hepatitis, STI’s, head lice etc.
- a severe disruption to the illicit drug importation rates. If supply becomes limited for an extended period what will this mean for crime rates and criminal behaviour?
- a rise in domestic violence, harmful behaviours, addictions, gambling and mental health problems as bored, financially stressed people are forced to stay at home.
So much still to unfold in this pandemic…..
BYO OWN REUSABLE CUP, WATER BOTTLE, BOWL,CUTLERY AND NAPKIN:
- Eco friendly.
- Good for helping maintain personal hygiene as we all work towards minimising the spread of the Coronavirus.
Globally, panic buying of pantry staples, hygiene products and toilet paper is happening due to imagined fears of supply issues due to Coronavirus.
The most wealthy and aggressive individuals have succeeded in excessively accumulating and hoarding the bulk of the supply. Folks who can only budget week to week or who have tried to maintain some common sense are feeling the pinch.
Law enforcement has been needed in some places to deal with aggressive behaviour between customers.
This Coronavirus issue will pass. What I see here though is a window into what life might become like in a world where basic supplies are genuinely scarce due to climate change.
- Will the most wealthy and aggressive also then monopolize supplies at the expense of others?
- If people are prepared to knife fight over a packet of toilet paper now, then what will humans be like when it’s clean water, food, clothing and land we’re fighting for?
So Coronavirus panic buying of supplies has now begun as the startled herd abandon independent, rational thought and surrender to mass group think.
Bottled water is apparently high on the must have list. Yep, bottled water.
Apparently our house taps are going to stop working soon if the virus takes hold.
Once again I despair at how many unnecessary plastic bottle purchases have probably been made in the last few days due to human stupidity.
My Summer vegie patch has now arrived at ‘THAT STAGE’. Fellow gardeners will know what I mean here…..
- The pumpkin and squash vines are declining and ratty but nothing is ripe enough or ready to harvest yet.
- The corn patch is loaded with cobs, but they are at least a week away.
- The tomato vines are dying off but still loaded with green tomatoes.
- The sweet potato vines are green and rampant but I can’t get in to peek under the soil to get an early glimpse at the tubers below.
- My last sunflower plant is listing over like a drunk sailor under the weight of its seed head, which is not ripe enough to harvest yet.
- The first fungi have started popping up in the grass here and there. Apparently the season must be about to change…..
12 months ago I decided to stop accepting spruiking work.
Spruiking is about creating a false sense of urgency in shoppers, talking up products, installing a temporary FOMO and encouraging people to make impulse purchases (often of stuff they have no need for).
Spruiking pays well and I’m good at it. My conscience and my heart were not good at it though.
Mindless, impulsive, over consumption is not what I’m about. It can’t be what any of us should be about.
I stopped being ok with validating people purchasing new when I know that perfectly good, cheaper, second hand alternatives are on offer at thrift stores, tip shops and garage sales everywhere.
My mic is now silent but my public voice on consumerism is now louder.