Start a Garden this Spring

Wednesday March 16, 2016

bridgetedit500"Gardening offers you an easy way to be physically active!" Bridget Hetchler | bhetchler@peabodyinc.com With spring weather approaching soon, consider making plans to start a garden at home. Keeping a garden at your home allows you to have a convenient source of fresh fruits and vegetables for you and your family. But gardening can also be a good source of physical activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC considers gardening to be a moderate-intensity level activity and an easy way to be physically active every day. According to the CDC, two and a half hours of physical activity every week can reduce your risk for obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, depression and stroke. The following are some simple tips to get your garden started.
  • Start with a small space. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself or produce more than you can use.
  •  Be realistic. Research what plant hardiness zone you live in so you can plant appropriate things. Tomatoes, peppers, carrots, squash, and pumpkins are just some of the veggies that grow well in Michigan.
  • Don’t do one activity each time you garden. Switch up your tasks so you don’t get bored.