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:
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.
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.
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.
Companion gardening is the planting together of plants that have similar growing needs, to maximize the production of both plants. It is still an experimental field with more research needed, but there are some things we do know and can pass along.
Tomatoes, peppers, squash and eggplant often suffer from this affliction. It shows up as a blackish spot on the end of the fruit, opposite the stem. It is usually the result of overly wet or acid soil keeps the plant from absorbing calcium that builds cell strength. To prevent blossom end rot, apply a half cup of lime around the base of the plant, and water in. Mulch around the plant to help the water drain properly. Continue reading →
Ever heard the phrase, “diversity makes us stronger”?
Well as it turns out, that is true in your garden too! Permaculture is an agricultural philosophy that subscribes to the notion that diversity of plant-life = resilience in your garden/landscape. Or in other words the wider variety of plants you have growing close to eachother, the less likely it is that your “ecosystem” will succumb to disease & pests. Sounds good? We thought so too! Continue reading →
We carry both “Botanical Interests Organic Seed” and “Livingston Seed” at Giordano’s. Come in and see our large selection of non-GMO seeds including a wide variety of organic vegetable seeds, flowering annuals, organic melon seeds and much more for your garden beds! We also carry starter kits for enthusiasts wanting to get a jump on the season by starting indoors.
Small indoor Greenhouses can be a great way to get your vegetables up to snuff before transplanting them into your garden beds. They are easy to maintain and require only to be set in a south facing window, or have a UV lamp concentrated on the kit to give the seedlings the proper amount of light they need to grow healthy and strong.