Saturday, April 09, 2011
What did Coach Nicole say in one of her recent Daily Spark blogs about exercise?
- make it fun, make it easy, make it social.
The Pilates class I went to stirred up my lower back pain. NOT fun.
So Friday I decided to take another approach. The sun was shining, the lawn had been mowed, and my garden bed was beckoning to be weeded. Taking a large plastic bag out to collect the refuse, I geared up with the gloves, wide brimmed hat, shovel and rake and spent the next hour and a half pulling anything I couldn't identify. Last year I planted something that grew large woody stalks (never did figure out what it was SUPPOSED to be), so the shovel was needed to uproot those. In the end, I was quite pleased with my progress.
MAKE IT FUN.
The red tulips I planted have bloomed beautifully, so I was inspired to go pick up some additional floral packs to place around the mailbox - ended up choosing yellow dahlias.
Add in some multicolored petunias, and the front of the house says "welcome." I also found some pretty blue plants that will find a home.
Then for the seedlings - tomatoes, spinach, jalapeņos & herbs-rosemary, basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, thyme, dill, & stevia. Then throw in some other options (artichokes) and pick up some seed packs for beans. Lavender just for the smell.
MAKE IT EASY.
While I was filling my cart with little seedlings, a guy my dad's age stops by and tells me I don't look like a gardener. I laugh and tell him I plan to do my best. He gives me some pointers, like how to spot two tomato seedlings in a pack for the price of one, and explains how he was finally able to grow pineapples at home despite the climate. I chit chat with the salesperson over the flower options and prices, and thank him when finally heading out to the car with my booty. When I get home, I call the neighbors and ask them if there are any special requests to the planting season.
MAKE IT SOCIAL.
All in all, a good day!