7 Exercises to Prep for Garden Work

You love gardening. You just love getting out there, getting your hands dirty, interacting with your plants and Mother Nature. But gardening can be rather physical. Especially for older gardeners, a couple of hours in the plant beds can lead to an entire day resting and recuperating from back, muscle and joint aches and pains. Unfortunately, when you’re recovering, the best you can do is stare out of your window at your beautiful garden that you wish you were in.

Professional athletes work out in the preseason and all week long before a big game. Then they prepare themselves for that game by loosening up and exercising right up until kickoff, tip-off or the opening pitch. Why don’t you do the same thing? Start performing the following 7 exercises to prepare your body for gardening, and you can once again get the most out of your favorite outdoor activity.

1 – Jog for 5 minutes or briskly walk for 10 right before you are going to tackle any garden work. This gets your heart pumping, and your joints and muscles loose and warmed up for the physical workout your plants and flowers are about to give you.

2 – Squat in advance. So many gardening activities have you squatting down. A few times a week, bend your knees and lower your body, keeping your back straight and your weight on your heels. Perform 2 or 3 sets of 10 to 15 repetitions. You should also do this immediately before you hit the garden.

3 – Perform bicep curls. If you do not own any dumbbells, use a gallon jug of water or a full paint bucket. Perform 2 or 3 sets of 10 to 15 repetitions. This can be done during the week, and as an immediate preparation for garden work.

4 – Exercise for 20 to 30 minutes at least 3 times a week. This builds up your cardiovascular ability, which leads to better endurance when mowing the lawn or pulling weeds.

5 – Stretch out your quads. In a stable standing position, raise your left foot behind you, and grab it with your left hand. Place your right hand against a wall or other type of support if you need to. Pull slightly on your foot and hold for 10 seconds. Change legs, performing 4 to 6 repetitions each side.

6 – Perform a counter push. Stand 12 to 18 inches in front of your kitchen or bathroom counter. Place your hands firmly on the counter edge, wider than shoulder width apart. Lean forward slowly, while supporting your weight with your arms and chest. Push back. Perform 10 to 12 repetitions.

7 – Stretch your hamstrings. Lay on your back, lifting each knee individually and hugging it to your chest. Hold for 10 or 12 seconds. Repeat with your opposite knee, 8 to 12 repetitions with each leg. This stretches your hamstrings, and should be done before any gardening activities.


Indoor And Organic Gardening


Organic gardening is a hobby that can give you many benefits. A supply of chemical-free herbs for cooking, a detoxified air inside the house, added beauty and décor to your home, and significant reducer of stress level, these are all benefits of having an indoor organic gardening. Aside from these, it can be very fun and exciting to tend to your own garden inside your home. 

If you want to have an indoor organic gardening, there are many herbs and plants that are easy to grow. You can find them at the local nursery or even through online sites. They can be mail ordered and delivered right at your doorstep. Specifically, the following 8 kinds are great examples of plants that you can grow indoor. 

The weeping fig is a plant that is known to survive even with little yet tender care for long periods of time. The chamaedorea palm is a great plant to lend a décor atmosphere inside your home especially if you prefer a tropical theme. The Chinese evergreen is perfect for homes that come with low-light conditions. Just like the two it doesn't require major maintenance, making it great choice for the beginners in gardening. 

The Boston fern on the other hand is placed by many inside a bathroom or at a greenhouse as it loves high humidity and doesn't require feeding a lot, once a month will suffice. Another one is English ivy, which can be hang on topiaries or baskets making it very ideal for beautifying to your home. The same with peace lily, but this variety is an excellent air purifier while providing great blooms and greenery to the house. 

The cactus combo bonsai is a fantastically unique plant variety that adapts easily to temperature and moisture level changes making it ideal to any home indoor garden. It is also the nature of braided ficus tree, but being an adaptable variety of tree it doesn't need big fuss for it to survive inside the house. 

When it comes to indoor herbs, they require a special maintenance care but when you see them grow the rewards are remarkable. For them to thrive properly and healthily, most varieties of herbs will need to be exposed on full sun for six hours everyday. The soil will need to be enriched and the container must have a perfect drainage. 

Some of the popular indoor herbs include lemon grass, which you can grow by cultivating a stalk in a container or pot with few inches of water. The mint leaves are excellent tea and must be grown separately from other herbs as this variety of herb can be more invasive than the others. 

The chive on the other hand requires lesser amount of light than the others while the parsley and bay tree are both slow growing herbs but always worth your wait as they are great herb to have on hand for your cooking activities. There are other varieties of herbs which you can grow indoor, like sage, thyme, oregano, cilantro, basil, and rosemary. 

Organic indoor gardening is such a wonderful and rewarding activity that anyone can have. With the many benefits it provides, there is no reason for you to procrastinate on this idea. You will definitely see it when you start to reap the full benefits.

Hydroponic Herb Gardening—What is it about?

Are you into gardening? Do you want to beautify your home and at the same time develop a hobby? You definitely have heard about hydroponic herb gardening or perhaps some of your friends and neighbors have been trying it out for quite a while now. Since you find such a rewarding hobby, you too become interested in it. You begin to wonder about how you can do it and what requirements there are for you to consider. 

Hydroponics Defined

As defined, hydroponics is the technique of growing plants less the use of soil. Instead, an inert medium is utilized which therefore accommodates a nutrient solution that bears all of the essential elements which are essential in the normal progression of the plant. 

What You will Need for Hydroponic Gardening

For your herb garden set up using the hydroponic method, you will have to prepare the following materials:

A germination tray, closed tube, or seedbed
Either artificial or natural light
The base that may be stone, gravel, or coconut fiber
The seeds and
The nutrients

Though some gardeners prefer to make the addition of air pump oxygen into the nutrients, it doesn't actually fall as a requirement in many cases. You can start your garden as soon as you have gathered the materials. 

What to do for Herb Gardening the Hydroponic Way

What are you to do so you can push through with your plans of gardening without the use of soil? Here are a couple of steps to take note of.
Think of the kind of bed that you intend to use. It is best to start out using the medium sized tray so that the roots will be sustained well. 

Put in another layer of the coconut fiber that will serve as a support. Don't put any of the nutrients yet. Be sure to have some opened channels where you will place the seeds. As soon as you have them embedded therein, be sure to close the channels. 

As soon as you have planted the seeds, water the tray until it is wet.

Gauge the frequency of the adding of the nutrients. Basically, you need to regulate the PH balance which will aid in the plant's proper absorption of nutrients.

Place the tray in a location where it can get enough light.

The Advantages of Hydroponic Herb Garden

Here are the following benefits that you may get out of gardening using the method of hydroponic.

It lets the roots become moisturized all the time.
It doesn't give you the problem of over-irrigation.
It lessens chances of wasting water and fertilizer.
It doesn't give you the problems with diseases as caused by pathogenic soils.
It allows more plant production despite the weather.

Furthermore, hydroponic herb gardening allows you to produce the plants though they are out of season in the greenhouses without having to worry about the use of soil, parasites, weeding, or the unpredictable weather conditions. With it, you don't need to worry much about raising the plants that you want all year round.

Hydroponic Gardening: The Right Ways To Start It


What is hydroponic gardening? Have you heard about it? If not, this article will enlighten you with some little but useful information and tips on how you can start one on your yard. For a start, it is a kind of gardening popular these days. Hydroponic gardening basically means that you grow plants without using any soil. If you have water, perlite, sand, and even gravel, you can start doing it. 

Whatever kind of plant you want to grow is possible with hydroponic. Flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and others can be used for this gardening method. But in order for these plants to grow properly, you will need to provide them with the right amount of nutrients, sufficient light, and an exact medium where you can grow them just like what you would on plants grown on soil. 

If you are interested in this method of gardening, you can do the right thing by remembering the following tips. 

First is by having the perfect medium where your plants will be grown. It is required to be relatively perfect because the plants must have the proper growing anchor so they can store nutrients and water that they need. This is in exception to the plants arranged with their roots in water or air. 

Otherwise, if other systems are used, they need a medium that can water and air. Mixing perlinte and vermiculite is one of the good options because it works to retain water as well as keeps the air near the plant's roots. 

The second one is by having balanced nutrients. Hydroponic gardening is a popular method these days because the roots of the plants get to consume the nutrients immediately after they were delivered into them. Unlike when they are planted on a soil, the plants need to find the nutrients and will still need to break them down before they get the real benefits.

With hydroponic gardening, the plants get to consume the nutrients more quickly because there is no need to undergo similar process. The result of which is that the plants are allowed to grow faster and may produce even more if correctly administered with said nutrients. It is important that the proper administration of nutrients is provided for hydroponic plants to grow effectively and properly.  

And the third requirement is by having enough light. Just like the soil gardening requiring sufficient light, hydroponic plants also require enough amount of light for their proper and effective growth. The lighting will depend on the kind of plants you have as well as the amount of money you are willing to spend. 

Some people use fluorescent grow lights while others do away with high pressure sodium bulb lights. High intensity discharge bulb lights are also used as metal halide bulb lights are. The fluorescent grow lights are your cheapest option, but if you want a more effective lighting you can opt for the other ones, which can be more expensive but will provide ample amount of light that your plants will need. 

With hydroponic gardening, anyone can grow plants as it is not that difficult to start one. By remembering the above tips, growing your own plants doesn't need to be complicated. In fact, it can be exciting and fun that even your children can do it.