Almost every country in the world was worried by one form of a pandemic that has impacted many people's lives. People worldwide have been compelled to live within the four walls of their homes, a situation many have never experienced before. A person's well-being was negatively impacted by thinking about their hardship and the length of time in quarantine. The youth, in particular, should be given extra attention because they are one of the groups most affected by the pandemic.
In light of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Department of Education (DepEd) has issued DepEd Order No. 12 s. 2020, also known as the Adoption of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan for School Year 2020-2021, which prioritizes the promotion and protection of learners' mental health and general welfare.
The Department of Education encourages parents and students to participate in Gulayan sa Tahanan, a Gulayan sa Paaralan extension initiative, as one of the beneficial activities during this time. Whether a decorative garden or a food garden, gardening has traditionally been touted as a peaceful recreational activity that may give significant personal rewards.
According to Foodtank (2020), home vegetable gardening can not only enhance produce consumption and physical exercise but is also linked to improved emotional wellness. Home gardening has a similar effect on emotional well-being as biking, walking, or dining out, according to a new study from Princeton University (2020). It was the only activity in which those with modest earnings reported the highest emotional well-being out of the 15 examined. According to Hillside Atlanta (2019), gardening reduces melancholy, anxiety, obesity, and heart disease and promotes personal happiness, quality of life, and a feeling of community.
According to a study conducted by Eng et al. (2019), the most significant advantage of gardening is enhanced social capital and connections. The effect of children working together to plant and construct something significant is a more vital link between them. Gardening with children can be a bonding relationship, according to Lehman (2013), when it is pleasant and stress-free. On the other hand, Better Health (2013) noted that by gardening as a family, adults might share their skills and expertise with youngsters, and family members can learn together.
The following are suggestions of Villar (2021) to make Gulayan sa Tahanan successful.
1. To keep students engaged in home gardening, parents and teachers should give ongoing encouragement by rewarding and recognizing students’ efforts. 2. Because home gardening has a good influence on a student's wellbeing during a pandemic it should be broadened and improved by a school, community, and family. 3. Local government units must encourage home gardening in their communities to assist families in food production, particularly during this pandemic. 4. It is also suggested that the Department of Education conducts teacher training for home gardening to assist students in delivering crucial information about home gardening.
Truly, staying at home is vital in helping one another combat the deadly COVID-19, hence, doing Gulayan sa Tahanan is one significant and helpful activity for everyone.