Gardening Tips


Posted on 19th April, by OHGAdmin in Blog. Comments Off on Gardening Tips

Now you have had time to pick up your seed packets from us, it is time to start thinking about planting. Check out these gardening tips to make sure you keep your back happy!

 

1. Warm upseed pack 2 (2)

After waiting all winter, it may be tempting to jump right into the spring garden cleanup. Do your future self a favour and pause to warm up your muscles before you start the work. Like any other physical activity, gardening requires preparing your body for the new movements.

2. Take breaks

When you’re in the zone, one can lose track of time. Hungry to see results, you might just plow through the work without paying attention to your body’s cues. However, it’s wise to pace yourself instead of powering through to get the job done. Set a timer and take a break every 15-20 minutes to stand up, stretch and walk around a bit rather than staying in the same position for extended periods of time.

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3. Drink water

Hydration is always important, but especially when you are physically active under the sun. Carry a bottle of water along with your garden tools. When you take your break every 15-20 minutes, have a drink of water, too.

 

4. Breathe

While you’re stretching and hydrating, take in some deep, oxygenating breaths to nourish your hard-working muscles and help to improve circulation. Keep your shoulders and chest relaxed. When breathing deeply, you should see your abdomen extend out and then in calmly.

5. Listen to your body

It’s easy to get caught up in the sheer joy of getting your hands dirty. Gardening can be very meditative, in fact. However, be careful not to get so lost in the task that you ignore those niggling aches and pains until it’s too late. Pay attention to the messages your body is sending you. If you feel a twinge, take a break or change positions.

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6. Be mindful of large loads

Bags of mulch and soil or heavy potted plants come with the territory. Instead of lugging a whole bag of soil from one end of the garden to the other, consider using a wheeled cart. Divide large loads into smaller batches that are easier to handle. If you must lift something heavy, consider asking for help.

 

7. Vary your tasks

Rather than concentrating on one area or job at a time, vary your tasks to ensure that you aren’t holding the same position for extended periods.




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Gardening Tips
Garden Tips: Warm up, take breaks, drink water, breathe, listen to your body, be mindful of large loads and vary your tasks.
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