Gardening is good for you. It rekindles our passions, arouses our senses, and keeps us in shape. Gardening is a terrific activity for maintaining joint flexibility, bone density, range of motion, and most of all quality of life. We have to garden wisely, however, if we don’t want to be complaining about aches, pains, bug bites, cuts, and injuries, of which I’ve had more than enough to last my lifetime. Do a good deed for yourself and heed some handy, healthy tips to safer, happy gardening experience.
If you are already a gardener, you know the joys and benefits. For those who are about to begin, get ready for a strenuous workout with the music, smells, and tastes of nature.
Get fit. Get gardening. Get doing good deeds for you.
For Increased Health Benefits, Add These Simple Greens to your Plot
2. Leeks: Rich in vitamin B folate, these onion family relatives are heart healthy, preventing blood clots.
Cynthia Brian’s Mid Month Gardening Tips
RELAX and rejuvenate around a pond, stream, or waterfall in a garden.
VISIT the National Heirloom Expo, September 6, 7, 8 in Santa Rosa for the world’s pure food fair. www.theheirloomexpo.com
PROTECT your pet by knowing which plants are toxic to them such as daffodils, hemlock, and oleander. See a full list at www.aspca.com
CREATE mini-herb gardens in window boxes or strawberry pots. Buy four inch pots of sage, lemon thyme, basil, and parsley for a pretty and aromatic edible display.
DEEP soak trees like magnolia or redwoods especially when you see them dropping abundant leaves.
SOOTHE cuts, burns, bites, and reduce redness after too much summer sunbathing by planting the succulent aloe. Cut off a piece of the spike, squeeze out the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic gel to apply directly to your skin.
HARVEST Asian Pears, apples, peppers, squash, tomatoes, and eggplant.
ADD color to your planters with bright, perennial pelargoniums. My favorite colors are the deep maroon and bright pink.
MAKE a statement on your porch or patio by grouping urns and pots planted with pretty petunias and pansies.
PULL up a chair next to a hummingbird feeder and let the show begin as hummingbirds enchant you with their chatter, twitters, squeaks, and songs. Their hovering wings buzz, trill, and thrill.
CONTINUE to compost all of your vegetable and non-meat scraps including cabbages (no Kings).
SET a table outdoors using your favorite tableware and glasses for an upscale meal alfresco on a hot August night.
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Do good deeds, stay healthy, and enjoy the summer of August.
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