During this “shelter-in-place” period, a trip to the grocery store might cause you some anxiety. While you want to keep your family healthy, you also need to put food on the table. Luckily, you can tackle both of these issues by growing fresh produce right in your backyard. Cultivate your gardening skills and plant these three seeds while you practice social distancing.

3 Foods to Grow at Home During the Shelter in Place

1. Carrots

This vibrant root vegetable is known for its eye health benefits, which might be helpful if you work from home and spend many hours staring at your computer screen. As long as you plant carrots after the last frost — between February and April — you can expect a harvest in a little over two months.

If you’re hoping to make juice out of your carrots, opt for the Danvers variety. For heavier soil and a sweet side dish, choose miniature carrots.

2. Lettuce

gardeningThis leafy vegetable serves as the perfect base for the easiest appetizer you can make at home: fresh salad. It also provides plenty of volume for little caloric value, which is perfect for your current sedentary routine. Plant lettuce when the soil is cool — during the springtime — and you’ll enjoy plenty of growth from March to early June.

3. Green Beans

If you’re looking for a crop that yields a lot of produce, stock up on green bean seeds. After planting the seeds in March or April and watering them at least once a week, you’ll start to notice daily growths after just two months.

For the best results, use a trellis to drape the vines across as they grow, allowing for optimal air circulation. If you end up with more than you can eat, green beans are easy to can and store for future use.


If you’re eager to become more self-sufficient while sheltering in place, stock up on seeds from Gregg Farm Services. This Gassville, AR, shop offers plenty of supplies for farmers and gardening enthusiasts alike, whether you need feed, fertilizer, or outdoor power equipment. Their friendly staff can also provide tips on how to maximize your garden’s growth. To learn more about their inventory, visit the website or call (870) 481-5165.