Around this time of year I start opting out of my regular 45 minutes of cardio at the gym, for some good ole fashion gardening.
My grandma and I use to garden together when I was little. She taught me the names of all of her plants. how to plant them, where they grew best and how to take care of them. Being able to watch our plants grow and blossom was a magical experience. She used to cut all of her flowers and put them around the house; she always had the most beautiful roses.
Transforming your landscape can be very beneficial for your body, but also for your overall attitude and spirit. My love of gardening was encouraged by grandma and now I find that I'm planting at least once a week. I want to have a garden that my grandma would be proud of and teach my daughter the same lessons that she taught me.
Gardening for an hour not only counts as cardiovascular activity, but if you are lifting pots, and plants then it can count as strength training too. You burn around 300 calories for 1 hour of gardening!
My new favorite thing to garden aside from all the beautiful flowers, are herbs and vegetables. I'm starting out with some of the basics that I use in most of my meals: cilantro, parsley, basil, mint, rosemary and tomatoes. We also have a lemon tree, grapefruit, lime and orange tree which make the backyard smell delicious.
I learned quickly that mint should be planted in it's own pot or alone, since it will take over your WHOLE garden...seriously! This stuff grows everywhere. I cut my mint and put it in a vase and within 2 weeks it will have created roots and be ready for me to plant it some where else.
Here's a pic of my mint taking over:
I like to keep my herbs out of the sun, because they tend to burn up pretty quickly. I keep them right on my barbecue, ready for all my summer grilling recipes.
My basil, perfect for Caprese Salads!
My parsley and Cilantro, which I add to everything.
One of my tomato plants.
They are pretty amazing!!!
My husband's parents just started their own garden in April. They had a steep hill that was covered in weeds and turned it into one of the prettiest vegetable gardens I have ever seen.
Their garden consists of peppers, tomatoes, corn, eggplant, zuccini, squash, beans, strawberries, blueberries and herbs.
|Here's my mother-in-law's basket of vegetables...Yum!|
|Dan built terraces...Ya he's pretty handy! Haha! Unfortunately my husband is not handy. ;)|