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Gardening Advice Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Gardening Advice.

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Calculating the Cost of Growing Your Own Food

Many of us assume that a backyard vegetable garden can save us money, but is it really true? After investing in equipment, soil, seeds and water, do you really come out on top? The answer varies upon the size of your garden, whether you start yo...  Read more

Cultivating a Child-Friendly Backyard

Imagine that you are the same age as your child… What grade were you in? Who was your teacher? Your best friend? Favorite game? Imagine that you are outside… Did you have a place that you considered your own? A treehous...  Read more

An Introduction to Companion Planting

Companion planting, briefly, is the act of planting different crops in your garden in close physical proximity, based on the theory that they will help each other. The main use of this method is for deterring pests and disease without resorting to sy...  Read more

A Beginner's Guide to Composting

When organic matter such as leaves, grass clippings and food scraps break down, you get compost, a dark, dirt-like "soil" that is rich in nutrients. Compost happens even without human involvement; for example, the leaves that fall on the fo...  Read more

7 Things Your Seed Packet Can Tell You

The back of every commercially bought seed packet provides a basic how-do guide for growing that particular plant. Compiled with information on lighting, sowing depth and more, this article will help you decode what all of those gardening terms mean....  Read more

Walking advice
Updated 8/19/2014 8:38:12 AM

I have been getting ready to walk a 5K this Saturday. I have walked 2 or 3 miles every day for the last week. I'm tired and my joints ache a little today. Should I skip my walk today, go on a shorter one, push ahead and walk as usual? I had my Drs ok...  Read more

Advice needed: chafing
Updated 8/17/2014 12:15:28 PM

I am morbidly obese and some of my fitness this week was a lot of extended cardio (stairs, walking, biking, and hiking). I now have a very raw spot on my inner thigh. Even walking around doing errands today was painful. I can put a large bandage o...  Read more

Need some advice...
Updated 8/4/2014 10:27:11 PM

Im 25, with amazing fiance, great job, and wonderful life. Up until I was 16 years old, I was fit. I never had a problem with weight. I got my first job, started stress eating, and within 1 year went from a size 12 to a size 18. I've tried calorie c...  Read more

Need some advice...
Updated 8/5/2014 3:53:07 PM

Im 25, with amazing fiance, great job, and wonderful life. Up until I was 16 years old, I was fit. I never had a problem with weight. I got my first job, started stress eating, and within 1 year went from a size 12 to a size 18. I've tried calorie c...  Read more

Advice For Sedentary People
Updated 8/13/2014 8:40:20 PM

I'm one of those people that the most activity I do in a day is walk out to my car. I work in an office and sit at a desk, and while I'm home, I sit in front of the computer. I used to like walking and jogging, and I want to do the Zombies, Run!...  Read more

Mulching the Garden Helps Me So Much!

I have started a herb garden in addition to my veggie garden[with flowers outlining it!] and since my hubby mulched the herb garden for me, those weeds are being stifled and much LESS showing UP! So, it's off to the garden supply store to get mulch f...  Read more

The Heat is On

It's warm to walk, but I still do it. No stale time for me!...  Read more

Multisport - Triathletes, Duathletes, and more!

Anything triathlon! There are lots of great members in this group ranging from thinking about a triathlon to Ironman finisher. Anyone is welcome to stop by and ask questions and/or offer advice....  Read more

How to Be a Fit Gardener

Good news, gardeners! Gardening is an extremely easy and fun way to burn off all those unwanted calories. By weeding and digging in the dirt, a 140-lb. person will burn 300 calories per hour, but you need to make sure you take the measures needed to...  Read more

The No-More-Excuses Guide to Vegetable Gardening

Spring is here! These sunnier days and warmer temperatures are lifting my spirits and making my runs so much more enjoyable. But the thing that I get most excited about this time of year is my fruit and vegetable garden!I started gardening for severa...  Read more

Spring is here! Plus gardening advice?

hooray!...  Read more