Monthly Archives: April 2012

Yoga and Gardening

Yoga and Gardening – Stretch While You Garden!

Yoga and gardening can be a perfect combination. I have a yoga class on Sunday mornings after my gardening.  Often I just want to stay in the garden and keep working.  It is so nice outside and I have momentum in my gardening.  It is hard to stop and go to class.  Then I decided to incorporate some yoga moves into my gardening.

If you are experienced at yoga then you will know what you can handle.  If you have no experience you should check with your physician and use common sense before you try the poses.  One yoga pose that can work well in the garden is a wide-legged forward bend.  You  can bend down to do some gardening and be stretching at the same time.  If you can’t reach the ground use a yoga block to stretch and don’t worrry about gardening for the time being.  Just fold over and rest your hands on the yoga block and stretch a little.  In time you will be able to bend a little closer to the ground.  Yoga, like gardening, is all about the process.  Things take time to grow and it takes time to become more flexible!

You can also try a regular standing forward bend to reach the ground to plant seeds or seedlings or to pull weeds.  Be gentle with yourself, if you have to bend your knees a little that is fine.  I always bend my knees a little.  Stretch slowly and don’t do too much.  Use your imagination to incorporate stretching into your regular gardening activities.  I always try to stretch a little longer at whatever I am doing to get more benefit from my gardening.

Attending a regular yoga practice will help build strength, flexibility and balance all which will be very helpful in your gardening.

 

Ladybug Visitor Great for Eating Aphids

Ladybug Visitor Great for Eating AphidsI was delighted to see this ladybug visitor in my garden today.  As an organic gardener, I welcome the sight of ladybugs because they eat aphids which cause damage in gardens.  Ladybugs are considered so helpful that you can buy bunches of them in gardening stores or order them online to release in your garden.  They are considered to be one version of organic pest control if you have aphids!  I saw aphids on one of my tomato seedlings today, so the ladybug has come to the right garden!

A Ladybug Visitor Can be Bought Online!

Gardens Alive sells ladybugs that are ready to lay eggs and that are hungry so they will stay in your garden.  Ladybugs, also known as ladybirds, are members of the Coccinellidae beetle family.  There are over 400 different species native to North America.  I have fond memories of playing with ladybugs as a child reciting the rhyme about flying home.  Here is a discussion about the origins of that rhyme.

 

Value of Coffee Grounds in Garden Soil

Coffee Grounds are a Valuable Amendment to Garden Soil

Did you ever wonder if coffee grounds are good for the garden or for compost?  I pick up free coffee grounds from Starbucks whenever I have the opportunity.

Not all Starbucks give away free coffee grounds.  Even so, some of them will still give you coffee grounds if you call ahead and ask them. They will want to know when you will pick them up. Usually the workers are very friendly and helpful.  Several stores put out used coffee grounds out on a regular basis.  I put them in my compost and they are great!  They can also be dug into the soil in your garden.

Read this post about getting coffee grounds on the NJ Turnpike!

The Soil and Plant Laboratory did a special analysis of coffee grounds in garden soil for the Sunset website.  They found that using Starbucks coffee grounds will improve the soil structure. They recommend digging them into the garden.  They can just as easily be used in the Compostumbler.  I get great results puttting them in my compost.

Read the full report here on the value of coffee grounds in garden soil.