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When gardening outside, here are a few basic rules for physical distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Chat with your neighbours from a distance.
  • Sharing bulbs/cuttings or other plants? Create a “sharing zone” where you can put plants. Leave them there for 24 hours before having your neighbour pick them up.
  • Wash your hands before and after gardening, and touching shared items like garden hoses, tools, compost bins, etc.
  • Have a set of basic tools for each person who gardens to reduce contamination:
    • A hand trowel
    • gloves
    • a pailor bucket and,
    • a secateur or loppers.
  • Disinfect/clean tools before and after use.
    • Clean handles protect us from COVID-19,
    • Clean blades protect plants from diseases.
  • If you share a green space or yard (like a semi-detached house or townhouse), create zones in the garden.
    • Give everyone at least six feet of space between each other, and assign parts of the yard or garden to each person.
    • One person/family can mow the lawn while the other remains inside, one person/family can care for trees while another tends flower beds on separate days, etc.
  • To help with distancing and encourage enjoying outdoors, you can set up new spaces where people can sit and be safely distanced.
  • Stay connected through technology. Many local gardening experts and businesses are holding online training events, garden tours, and much more.

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