For the most part, I just like spending time outdoors. Are the Flint Hills the most scenic spot on Earth? Well, we all have our favorite spot. Is outside free? Maybe not. The point is, we don’t need to spend a large amount of our income enjoying time outdoors. Biking isn’t free, walking the dog isn’t free, and gardening isn’t free, but in the end, you reap so much more than just the act of doing the activity, and it’s worth the small investment.
With big changes going on in our society daily, it’s going to be difficult to maintain a regular daily routine. Last weekend, we went to a cycling event in Oklahoma. I know if the event was this weekend it would have been cancelled. Writing this on Monday, who knows what the news will be on Wednesday when you receive it. Making a trip to the grocery store yesterday, I mentioned to Angie that it was a depressing shopping experience. There were very few shoppers, the produce and bread sections were wiped out, and there were no eggs at all. It just didn't feel right. I found myself putting things in my cart that I normally wouldn’t have, packaged milk with a long shelf life, dried beans and an extra container of steel cut oats. Naturally, she assured me that everything will be ok. We have the best food supply chain on earth. On her trip to the store, the produce section was again fully stocked, and everything was ok.
For years, I’ve been aware of the benefit of spending time outdoors in the sun. Plants do so much better with sunlight. They bloom, grow stronger and healthier with sunlight. There are fewer insect and disease pests when plants are healthy.
According to the Journal of Virology, Sunlight or, more specifically, solar UV radiation (UV) acts as the principal natural virucide in the environment. UV radiation kills viruses by chemically modifying their genetic material, DNA and RNA. I don’t know if sunlight will control Covid19. I would guess that being outside in your garden you’ll be safer than being in the stuffy inside.
With our annual Spring Open House starting this weekend, we are moving forward with it. We know it will not be what it has been in the past. Truthfully, we are figuring all of this out as well. We still have plants to care for and we’ll be around. We’ll be happy to let you ‘shop from the curb’.