"The emergency hit and we broke out our aero garden, Just a few more weeks and we should have a good source of lettuce and fresh herbs in a 10 x 16 " space with no need for the grocery store or extra hands on the uncooked veggies. I never considered how great it would be to have available in an emergency. I think we will keep using this great supplement to our pantry 365/days from now on! It is a fairly pricey item to buy but the returns are great and tasty!"

Concerns about the coronavirus have made leaving the house to go grocery shopping, surrounded by other people, feel downright dangerous. But one can't exist on rice and spaghetti alone. If you're concerned about a shortage of fresh vegetables in your fridge, you might be a prime candidate for the victory garden trend.

Victory gardens first became a thing about a hundred years ago during World War I, when Americans at home, away from the battlefield, were urged to contribute to the cause by growing vegetables in every flowerpot and patch of land available. These victory gardens resurged during World War II, and they're enjoying yet another rebirth today due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Food rationing was a part of life during both world wars, so the government urged Americans to pitch in by tending home garden plots. 

And even before the novel coronavirus came along, home gardens have actually been taking off, thanks to the farm-to-table trend that has people interested in growing their own fresh food.

So while there aren't any breakdowns in our national food chain, since grocery shopping has become stressful, you could start digging in the dirt with the goal of reducing your number of store trips.

Plus, since we're supposed to stay close to home, tending a mini plot is a fun task to tackle right in your backyard. You don't need an actual yard to plant seeds. All you really need, beyond potting soil, is a sunny location so the seeds can germinate. Your windowsill, grow bags, any container with drainage - have balcony, can garden. Have a porch, can garden, And roof top gardening is yet another blog post for the future.

Many of the healthiest veggies are also easy to grow, includes leafy greens like greens, arugula, bok choy, and Swiss chard.  

TIP: Spacing your plants appropriately is akin to social distancing . . Overcrowding isn't good for humans, and it isn't good for plants either. Too close together makes it easy for quick transmission of diseases between plants.