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Gardening is the best exercise.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

I hate being outdoors, unless I'm taking a walk in the park or gardening.

It's amazing how long I'll stay outdoors when I'm playing in the dirt. I even get down on my hands and knees and look like a mud woman when I'm done. The weeds may try to keep making their way in, but I actually enjoy the fight. I enjoy seeing my plants grow. I enjoy finding the fruits of my labor hiding under their leaves. It's one of those exercises that give back in the end.

Not only am I moving for hours on end when I see my gardens, I'm helping to cultivate the food that will go in my body also. It will never have pesticides on them and will be more varied than the foods I get from the grocery store.

Who knew that carrots are not always orange? Broccoli comes in different breeds? Cauliflower is not always white? Corn is not always yellow? Purple Beans?

Yep, I have all those things in the not so usual colors and varieties. I figured that if I'm going to grow something, it better be unusual or too expensive to buy in the store. My favorite tomatoes are not red, but either yellow or orange.

When you garden, you are doing multiple exercises. You are squatting, lifting, moving your arms in ways you wouldn't normally, and doing general walking. It's the complete exercise package! I'm still not sure how I bruised my armpit hoeing, but it proves that I'm using muscles that aren't used to it.

This week I'm seeing some corn starting on the stalks and I spied a zucchini hiding under one leaf. I have finished the pea harvest from my pots, but am hoping my other peas will start to produce soon, before they start to die off too. I have already eaten some purple beans (they taste like the green variety, I figure they must have more vitamins with the darker color though) and harvested a few potatoes. Strawberries will be ready to pick soon!

I'll be getting more of a workout when I harvest, there's more squatting and reaching!

Who knew this hates to be outdoor person would love to be outdoors so often!

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    emoticon I can't wait to start growing my own garden next year, it will be nice to not have to go to the store for several of our favorites.
    1659 days ago
    I agree, being outdoors and getting nice fresh air and some sunshine is a nice way to get in exercise and enjoy the fruits of your labor! :)
    1659 days ago
    Your commitment to your garden is enviable. Enjoy the benefits it is bringing you.
    1659 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    I hope I will be as excited about pulling weeds next year when I have a balcony garden. I remember well how much weeding is involved in a large garden, growing up my parents had one whole section of back yard ( and I mean real big). Yup, I spent many a day picking those fast growing,darn weeds. By the way I was wrong about a south facing balcony it will be in the west---so still plenty of sun.
    1660 days ago
    Sounds like you have a great garden with lots of fun varieties. I love watching my garden grow, and harvesting, canning, etc. Weeding? Not so much.
    1660 days ago
    Your garden sounds lovely. Enjoy!
    1660 days ago
  • MISSG180
    Garden is next summer's goal. Just couldn't get to it this year.
    1660 days ago
    I love gardening. I can go out to change a hose and before I know it another hour has gone by weeding and deheading and all the other things. I hate to get dirty unless I'm out gardeining, and then I don't give it a thought. My family sometimes laughs at me when I come in because I'll have something in my hair, and mud on my knees.
    I'm not very creative with what I grow. I find I tend to get more produce with the normal colored veg's. It's also very hot , so chili and tomatoes and squash are my best bets.
    Enjoy your garden. It sounds amazing.
    1660 days ago
  • LETHA_
    Good for you! I hope to do more gardening down the road.
    1660 days ago
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    1660 days ago
    Gardening is great exercise and also so rewarding. :D
    1660 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Hope the purple beans are stringless.
    Glad you found out that activity outdoors makes it fun.

    Enjoying hearing about your garden and hope no racoons
    sneak in to steal your corn. They know when it is ready
    the day before we do, it seems, or in our area they do.

    The colors in vegetables are amazing.
    1660 days ago
    I'm trying to have a garden...we used cement blocks and put one plant per square. We had to move it. I like gardening too (this is still new to me), but I have found two snakes and they scare the crap out of me. So, right now, I don't want to garden. We used to have a huge outdoor cat who scared away the snakes. He has to live inside now, so I have no snake-buffer anymore. Any ideas? Sounds like you have a great garden!!! Keep it up. emoticon emoticon
    1660 days ago
    Your garden sounds wonderful. Love all the varieties you are trying.

    Gardening is a very good workout and also very therapeutic for the mind.

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    1660 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Your garden sounds wonderful. I wish I had a garden but haven't made the time or commitment to such a thing as of yet. Have fun in the mud!
    1660 days ago
    Love that you are gardening, so many benefits! Enjoy the rewards of your efforts!
    1660 days ago
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