Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Gardening as a form of exercise

Is gardening exercise?

When gardening you’re benefiting yourself with more then relaxation, you’re reaping the rewards of exercising because you’re actually getting a great work out as well. While gardening, you’re working out many parts of your body and relaxing at the same time, imagine that!

How is it that a hobby that brings forth relaxation could be a sole source of your daily workout regime? When gardening, you’re shedding calories just as if you were stretching, weightlifting, and doing moderate cardio. Raking the lawn works as a leisure bike ride would, trimming trees and shrubs works just as well as walking at a moderate pace, clearing brush and stacking wood benefits you as a light aerobic class would, turning compost is just as well for you as lifting weights, and raking is like jumping on a row machine.

For those gardeners that want to lose weight, what better way to lose weight then to be informed. CalorieCount.com provides a comprehensive list of what counts when gardening in regards to how many calories are being lost while you work. A few examples, go dig for one hour and shed approximately 340 calories, or plant seedlings for an hour and you will lose about 306 calories.

Spring is near, a perfect time to reap the benefits of gardening. Grab your gardening supplies, enjoy the sunshine, relax, and burn some calories. What will you be doing in your garden today?

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Deciding which vegetables to grow for beginner gardeners

Choosing the right vegetables to grow in your garden is dependant on many factors, today we will address what vegetables to grow for beginner gardeners. Let’s face it; some vegetables are easier to grow versus other complex vegetable varieties. We aim to set you up for gardening success not failure.

There are many great vegetables for beginner gardeners that you can start growing with ease as seeds. A few examples of vegetables to start from a seed and can be planted directly into the ground are beans, cucumbers, summer squash, radishes and lettuce. These vegetables will not only be simple for you as a beginner but these vegetables require little maintenance and grow fairly quick.

Vegetables that are great for beginning gardeners for summer harvest are plenty. You can start with the vegetables as followed: Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, and Cucumbers. Dependant on space, corn is ideal for gardening ease and summer harvest as well.

It is encouraging to look forward to new vegetables year round. What about vegetables great for the beginner gardener for spring and fall harvest? Lettuce (mentioned above), Broccoli, Spinach, and Peas are great for spring and fall harvest.
All in all, do your homework, plant what vegetables you fancy most, and enjoy yourself. For those of you that have vegetable gardens, please share what vegetables you recommend our beginner gardeners to start with to lead them to gardening success by commenting below.

Choosing the right flowers for your garden

When choosing the right flowers for your garden it is a good idea to look at the color, height, blooming season, and placement of the flowers in making your decision. It’s a good idea to not chose too many flowers of the same color, size, or type as well as it would be a good idea to not choose enough flowers of the same color, size and type. Your flower garden should be one that you could maintain with ease, and one that is of balance.

Many choose perennial, annual flowers, mum plants, shade plants, and climbing plants. Mum and shade plants can handle different soil types, if you don’t have tons of time on your hands or the budget to adjust the pH of your soil then these would be a good choice for your flower garden.

In regards to placement, many factors play a part in your flower garden. Will you need flowers that grow better in shade or flowers that thrive in the sun? Are you placing your flowers in a circular flower bed or along a wall? For example, in a circular flower bed it may work best for a taller flower to be placed in the middle to flow onward upon the shorter flowers. Your flower garden may, also, look best if you place your flowers by color to create a colorful pattern that is visually stimulating from all angles versus just planting a bunch of flowers in the circular flower bed just to look a mess.

Another factor of great importance is a flowers blooming season. If all of your flowers bloom in spring, then you have a pretty bare garden during other seasons. Planning your flower garden according to the flowers blooming season while considering the other key factors listed, will create a beautiful flower garden year round.