6 Ways to stay healthy during the Covid-19 outbreak

Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak - Virus
Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak – Virus

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Ways to keep yourself healthy in these uncertain times

Now has never been a better time to look after your health and those around you. I posted recently about quick and easy food to grow. Here are a few more things to help you stay healthy during the Covid-19 outbreak.

1 – Heed the Government advice – NO EXCEPTIONS.

This cannot be overstated. Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save lives. All the updated advice can be found on the Governments dedicated page.

2 – Protect your immune system.

Fresh fruit and vegetables may become harder to come by or more expensive in the coming weeks. Invest in some multivitamins or at least vitamin c and zinc. They need not be expensive, some reasonable multivitamins can be found here at just 4p per tablet. When fresh food is limited you can still give your body the nutrients it needs. Oranges and orange juice are increasing in price and I have no doubt the other fruits vegetables we normally import (which is a lot) will follow.

 Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak  - protect your immune system
Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak – protect your immune system

3 – Grow nutrient dense Microgreens

These little nutrient bombs can be ready in 1-2 weeks and are packed with goodness. Many have greater nutrient value than the adult plants (see this study here by the USDA). Importantly, you can grow them indoors. Read more about this on my post here, and you can get inexpensive starter kits here. Any organic seeds are safe to grow, or specially selected seeds for microgreens. They will not have been treated with any harmful chemicals.

Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak  - protect your immune system
Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak – microgreens

4 – Make sure you get fresh air and exercise.

At the time of writing, in the UK, we are allowed to leave the house once a day for one form of exercise, for example walking, running or cycling. However, if you have a garden, a good session out there can be just as invigorating. Additionally, it is massively beneficial for your mental health too. The time is perfect for tidying up after winter, washing your seed trays and pots, starting some seeds off, planting early potatoes, the list (for me at least) is endless. I use this stuff for cleaning the pots, greenhouse, birdfeeders and more, its natural, non toxic to pets, aquatics and wildlife.

5 – Take a break from social media

This might sound counterintuitive coming from someone running a blog who has a social media presence. However, it is full of nonsense about Coronavirus, some of it potentially very damaging. For example, there was a story stating that garlic will protect you from the virus. Simply put, IT WILL NOT. Watch an informative video on the BBC here. The Government have also just launched a free WhatsApp service for information, and also to alert you to coronavirus myths. Information on how to access it can be found here.

Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak  - take a break from social media
Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak – take a break from social media

6 – Stay in touch with friends and relatives

Pick up the phone, load up Skype, message on Whatsapp. Whatever your method, it will help keep you and the recipient happier. Here is an interesting article on Sky News about communication and happiness levels. This could mean the world to someone who is alone, shielding, or simply missing the contact of other humans in daily life.

Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak  -  keep in touch
Stay healthy during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak – keep in touch

More than anything, I hope you all stay healthy during the coronavirus outbreak and remember we will get through this. And finally:

STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES

Much love <3

Top 10 quick and easy vegetables to grow now

Quick and easy, nutritious, and no need for a garden.

Quick and easy to grow vegetables - lettuce
Quick and easy to grow vegetables – lettuce

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If you haven’t grown anything before, there is no better time than now, even if you don’t have a garden. Yes, its possibly to grow some tasty and nutritious food indoors or on a balcony. A south facing window is best for maximum light, but any bright window will do in a pinch. So here is my top 10 quick and easy vegetables to grow now.

1 – Microgreens

These little nutrient bombs can be grown just about anywhere as long as you have a window. You can buy kits like this one I use, or improvise your own, or sow in a pot of compost. Pea shoots are quick and do actually taste like peas! You can also grow chard, beetroot, brocolli and many more. Crop in as little as 7-10 days.

Quick and easy to grow vegetables - microgreens
Quick and easy to grow vegetables – microgreens

2 – Rocket

Fast growing Rocket can provide a quick crops of fresh leaves in six or seven weeks. You can even harvest baby leaves in as little as two weeks. Sow thinly in a pot. These will grow nicely on the balcony if you have no garden. They can also be grown as microgreens, so they are very versatile.

3 – First early potatoes

There are lots of varieties that will be ready to eat in as little as 10 weeks. Swift (one of my favourites), Arran Pilot, Pentland Javelin to name just a few. The fastest is reputed to be Rocket, which I have grown, but found them rather tasteless. I buy mine here. You can also buy packs of 5 seed potatoes in Wilkos (UK) for £1 which is great value if you have limited budget or space. Read more about growing potatoes here and here.

4 – Lettuce

Lettuce spoils you for choice as there are so many varieties to choose from, and I have quite a few favourites. Can be sown thinly in a pot or bucket (with some holes in the bottom for drainage) and grown on a balcony if you don’t have access to the garden. Some varieties are called “cut and come again” where you harvest a few leaves at a time rather than pull up the whole plant. It’s a bit of a misnomer as its better to twist and pull the leaf off as you could easily cut into other leaves that are not ready.

Quick and easy to grow vegetables - lettuce
Quick and easy to grow vegetables – lettuce

5 – Sprouting seeds

If you love beanshoots, this one is for you! Source some mung beans (as these are the beans that beanshoots are grown from). You can grow them in a large jar with aeration holes in the lid, or buy a sprouter kit with a ready made jar and aerated lid. Sprouts are ready to eat in 6-10 days and can be kept in the fridge for a week after harvesting. Eat fresh or in a stir fry.

Sprouting mung beans
Sprouting mung beans

6 – Beetroot

This is a relatively fast growing root vegetable, around 8-10 weeks from sowing to harvest, or sooner if you want baby beets. They will grow well in a pot/bucket, and the leaves can be used just like spinach too. No waste here!

7 – Radish

A very fast growing crop with a harvest time of about 4 weeks. Again there are many varieties and they grow well in a pot. I have no experience of growing these as I don’t like them. If you do, you will be rewarded very quickly!

Quick and easy to grow vegetables - radish
Quick and easy to grow vegetables – radish

8 – Spring Onions

Spring, or green onions also quite quick to grow, can be sown in clumps, and harvested one or two at a time from each clump. This leaves more space for the rest to grow. Or you can pull up a whole clump at a time. Whatever works for you! Another one which is well suited to a pot on the balcony. They don’t need much space as they only have a few upright leaves. Space saving and tasty!

9 – Spinach

Another fast growing crop, packed with nutrition, and can be harvested for baby leaves in a few weeks from sowing. Well suited to containers, sow a few containers a week or two apart for months of fresh leaves. Eat fresh or blitz into a green smoothie for instant nutrition.

10 – Mushrooms

The kits are so readily available in many varieties now. No balcony needed either, so perfect if you live in a flat or apartment. Time to harvest can be a matter of 2 weeks or less dependant on the variety.

So there you have 10 quick and easy vegetables that anyone can grow. What’s even better than that is:

NO airmiles

NO chemicals

NO loss of nutrition

NO supermarket supply issues

NO unnecessary plastic packaging

Quick and easy to grow vegetables - salad
Quick and easy to grow vegetables – salad

In these times of uncertainty, particularly in the UK with Brexit and now the coronavirus, there has never been a better time to ensure a supply of good food. So start now and you will have some quick and easy, luscious food in a matter of weeks.

What do you fancy giving a go this spring? Tell me in the comments.