Every morning I spend at least two hours in the garden and some days I feel like I've been to the gym by the time I climb the hill back up to the cabin. My face is flushed red just like after a good workout and I'm all sweaty. I know it depends on the size of one's garden, but if you're weeding and moving dirt to set up new crops and are constantly carrying this, that and the other around the place and are constantly moving, it gets the ol' heart rate up. Today I was weeding with the scuffle hoe:
It requires at least a modicum of arm strength and also a back that doesn't give out too quickly since it requires leaning over. It's an awesome tool for getting rid of young weeds. Not so great for established ones though; then I have to putter around on this...
But, back to the working out thing. Sheesh... I turned over all the compost piles today and that takes heavy lifting and bending. And you would not believe the earthworms that wiggled out of one of the piles! At first I thought they were snakes they were so big. Big honkin' earthworms. Very cool. Then, moving the aged compost from the pile to the garden takes quite a bit of effort as well; it's heavy stuff and I move a lot at a time.
And finally, at least for today - I was using a regular ol' hoe to establish a few more beds for flowers and let me tell you that moving dirt with a hoe is a lot of work. Dirt is heavy.
I'd wanted to join the gym here, but April through November I get a pretty good workout in the garden and just wandering around outside. In the winter I kinda hibernate and am not as active physically .
Here is a picture of one of my zucchini plants from this morning. So far, I've found only one squash bug (that I squashed - hahahaha) and two cucumber beetles, both of whom went to bug heaven as well.