Two tips to follow when gardening during a global pandemic
If you're stuck at home because of a pandemic and have realised that you could use the free time you now have to fix up your neglected garden, you should find these suggestions quite helpful.
Use one of the local soil delivery services
Even if you cannot travel to the garden centre, you can still get the things you need to add new life to your garden. You should, for example, be able to get a few packs of soil by using a soil delivery service. If you decide to do this, you should take a few precautions to ensure that you and the person delivering the soil both stay safe when it's being handed over to you.
For example, on the day of the delivery, you should open up any gates that the delivery person has to pass through so that they do not have to touch these gates. This will not only reduce the amount of physical contact they need to have with your property (which will lower the risk of this person picking up any viruses on these surfaces) but will also cut down on the surfaces that you have to decontaminate after they leave.
Additionally, you should ask the delivery person to lay the packs of soil on the ground, rather than putting them in your arms. This will reduce the chance of you grazing your hands against the other person's hands and accidentally transmitting any viral substances to their skin. Last but not least, you should wipe down the packaging in which the soil is encased with some disinfectant before you tear it open in order to kill off the pathogens that may have made their way onto the packaging.
Get creative if you're missing some essential items
Whilst you might be able to get a delivery of soil, there may be a few other pieces of gardening equipment that you need but cannot order because the shops from which you need to buy them have temporarily closed down as a result of the pandemic. If this is the case, then you might have to get creative and use some of the items around your home as replacements for this equipment.
For example, if you don't have a watering can, you can rinse out a plastic milk carton, use a hammer and a nail to poke a few small holes in its lid, fill the carton with water and use this to sprinkle water on your plants. Similarly, if you don't have any flower pots in which to plant your seeds and soil, you could clean and decorate some empty tin cans or glass jars and use these instead.