The Division of Extension has developed info-graphics that depict best practices for gardening in community spaces this summer. A community garden can be a great place to meet new friends and exchange gardening tips. This summer of COVID-19 there are some practices that will keep everyone safe and healthy.
- Feeling ill? Stay at home. Garden only when you, and your family members, are well.
- Keep your distance. Maintain a distance of 6 feet, or more, between gardeners of different family units.
- Avoid touching your face. Wear a mask if you can. Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose or mouth when in the garden. Avoiding hand to face contact is an important health standard and is recommended to help fight the coronavirus.
- Always rinse fruits and vegetables before use. Whether you grow your own fresh fruits and vegetables, or purchase them from the grocery store, always rinse fresh produce with clean water before eating, peeling, or preparing.
- Wash your hands regularly. Washing your hands with soap and water is a great way to fight the coronavirus. If possible, wash hands before you arrive at the garden, frequently as you are working, and after gardening once you are home.
- Keep garden tools clean. While there is no evidence that garden tools spread human diseases, they certainly do spread plant diseases. If you can, bring your own tools to the garden. After use, and once you get home, rinse tools with clean water, then wash with soap and water and dry with an old rag. This will help keep tools in good condition and help prevent spread of disease. After cleaning tools at home, wash your hands with soap and water. If you use community garden tools, wash them with soap and water before returning them.