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WHO KNEW? GARDENING IS A HEALTHY HABIT!

Weed, Baby, Weed! (Or Plant, for That Matter)

Gardening is a healthy habit! It burns calories, it works your muscles, and it increases your harvest. And while it’s good to dig in the dirt, the aftereffects can be a pain. That’s why it’s important to condition your core, and position yourself correctly so the right muscles are used:

  1. When planting or weeding keep your back straight (not hunched) to minimize back strain, and take breaks every so often to protect your knees and back.
  2. When picking up heavy bags of soil (or anything else) bend at the knees-not your waist- to engage your leg muscles. This decreases stress on your neck, shoulders, and most importantly your back.
  3. When pruning, pull branches to your level. Avoid twisting or reaching too far overhead.

Families who garden are more likely to get their 5-plus a day of fruits and vegetables.

  • Kids who garden tend to eat more veggies (even when they go off to college). And everyone knows that eating veggies is a healthy habit!
  • 6 easy vegetables anyone can grow: green beans, cukes, leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers and zucchini.
  • The number one vegetable people grow in their gardens is tomatoes, with 86% of American households planting them.

Other Healthy Outcomes

  • Gardening is a proven tension tamer. In one study, people who took a frustrating test then gardened for 30 minutes showed an uptick in their mood and a lowering of the stress hormone cortisol.
  • Stronger immunity? Yes. Research shows that children who garden (and play in dirt) develop healthier immune systems.
  • Finally, garden helps society. OK, that sounds rather grand, doesn’t it? But think about it: 72% of plastic wrap and materials used to package produce ends up as litter on land or in water. And if you grow it, you will eat it (freeze it, can it, give it to lucky friends) before it spoils. Supermarkets, on the other hand, often end up with piles of unsold produce, costing an estimated $15 billion every year.

So, eat well, feel great, and garden for good health. Get digging.

RANDOM THOUGHTS ON GARDENING

You probably know someone (maybe even yourself) who has said, “Gardening is too hard. There is so much to learn. I just know if I plant something, I’ll kill it.”

Well, of course you will. Everyone who has ever gardened since Adam and Eve has killed a plant. This is called learning. It’s how we figure out what works and what doesn’t.
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6 Amazing Facts About Earthworms

Introduction

A garden without earthworms is simply amiss! Earthworms help to aerate your soil, break down essential nutrients, and improve water retention. Earthworms can grow up to 14-18″ in length in North America and can live for up to 8 years, though 2-3 years is much more likely as they support a large variety of animal species that eat Earthworms as a primary source of protein.


6 Amazing Earthworm Facts:

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Many thanks to Noreen Sequeira for the Infographics


The Power of Worms

Though having earthworms in your garden isn’t to be discouraged, in un-contained gardens it can be difficult to maintain a large colony. To that effect we have 2 recommendations.

  1. Buy Worm Castings (we have worm castings in stock) and spread liberally throughout your garden. If you have questions about how much to buy for your garden or landscape, stop by and we’ll be happy to help.
  2. Build a worm bin! We recommend worm bins as the best and most efficient way to keep and utilize the power of worms. Being that each worm can eat up to 100% of it’s own body weight every day, worms make ideal compost “machines”! By combining a small amount of soil, and rotten/discarded food scraps in a worm bin and then adding worms, you can produce your own organic worm castings which you can then add to your garden soil for it’s nutrient-rich contents and high moisture retention.

Got Leaves? Make Compost!

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  • Composting is a way of enriching your garden at little or no cost.
  • What to Compost: food scraps, no meat or dairy. Leaves and yard waste no large branches or sticks.
  • Add Ringer Compost Plus All Purpose Compost Maker.
  • For faster results turn your compost every two weeks to aerate your pile and keep in direct sun
  • When finished it should look, feel and smell like rich, dark soil. You should not be able to recognize any of the items you put in there.
  • Apply finished compost to your garden 2-4 weeks before you plant.

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Now is the time to add compost to your garden beds!!

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Bumper Crop – Organic soil builder

  • Organic Soil Amendment
  • super charged with Mycorrhizae
  • Worm Castings
  • Kelp Meal
  • Dehydrated Poultry Manure

Helpful Composting Hints

  • Mix in a 1″ layer to your flower and shrub beds.
  • Mix in a 2″ layer to your vegetable garden beds.
  • You can also add a handful of compost into each hole when planting trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and veggies!
  • Once this organic matter has been added, it will begin to improve the capacity of your soil to hold nutrients.