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Start your Spring Vegetable Garden with these Easy Tips!

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It is hard to believe that the spring season is upon us. We hope everyone is excited as we are for the smell of fresh cut grass, longer evenings, and the chance to get outdoors and be active!

One great way to get exercise throughout the spring is by gardening.  Some people don’t believe gardening can burn calories and shape muscles but oh contraire!  You would be surprised as to how many calories you can burn while planting those spring crops.

According to Ed Zimney, “new research has found that gardening is an effective way to exercise.  Researchers at Kansas State  University determined that gardening is a form of “moderate intensity” exercise that can easily contribute to the exercise recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advises at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week in order to maintain and improve optimal health”.

Vegetables Garden= Money Saver

Now that we know gardening is good exercise it is also a great alternative to cut cost on the grocery bill.  Shopping in your own garden will not only save time but will also keep you from over paying for fresh vegetables at your local market.

5 essential gardening tools

We are finally ready to get down to the nitty gritty of gardening.  We read a great article put together by Carolyn Malcoun, who is a contributing food editor to EatingWell magazine, and she provided five basic tools you will need to get your vegetable garden started.

  1. Develop a plan
    • Factor in location and sunlight; Click here to see how to create a garden map plan 
  2. Specialty seeds- go to the local farmers market to see if they sell unique vegetable seeds that you would not usually find at your local market
  3. Focus on planting the right vegetables
    • There are three veggies you should not forget to plant (they are your basics); lettuce, turnips, and pea plants
  4. Don’t forget the three basic tools when getting started;
    • Trowel- will help you dig small holes
    • Stirrup hoe- this will help you pull up young weeds
    • Garden rake- will help to level out the dirt as well as get rid of any unwanted rocks
  5. Research- delve into some books or research online that offers other tips and tricks to help get your garden off to the right start

We hope these tips will help to get your garden up in growing this spring season.  Now go out and enjoy the sunshine.  Happy Planting!!

Sources:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/blog/zimney-health-and-medical-news-you-can-use/gardening-is-good-exercise/

http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/the-only-5-tools-you-need-to-start-a-vegetable-garden-2467332.html

 

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