Category Archives: Organic Gardening

Despite abrupt end to senior year, this student’s urban garden project has lasting impact

On March 13, Gov. Ralph Northam ordered schools closed in the interest of public safety. With the schoolhouse shuttered, many high school seniors are saying goodbye to their public school legacy without many commemorations. But one Norfolk Collegiate senior got to end the abrupt school year by celebrating pollinators and the native plants that support them. Just before the official state lockdown, Carson Giocondo gathered a handful of volunteers on a cold and rainy morning for planting at the newly improved kayak launch on 44th Street in Norfolk.

I spoke with Giocondo about his motivations for the project.
“I’ve always been interested in animals and wanted to be able to share that with the community,” he said. “I wanted to use what I learned about pollinators and ecological services.”
Giocondo, whose mother is an avid gardener, concocted the plans for a pollinator garden. He also understood increasing plant material at the site would help filter stormwater runoff from Colley Avenue and provide habitat for many species of wildlife. READ THE ENTIRE STORY:
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Gardening boosts your mood as much as some types of exercise, study finds

In recent weeks, public health experts have warned that the coronavirus pandemic could have a devastating effect on mental health. In the United States, rates of anxiety and depression are rising. Dread and confusion pervade everyday life.

From a mental health standpoint, strict lockdown rules mean that many of the activities we derive joy and purpose from — socializing with friends, exercise, attending church — are difficult or downright impossible to do. But a new study published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning finds that there’s one surprisingly mood-boosting activity we can do even if we’re locked up alone at home: tending a small garden.