Digging for Dirt

June 10th, 2012 No Comments Tags: , ,

What is it about digging in the dirt that’s so dang satisfying? I’m a bit of a late bloomer on the planting front and visited the nursery recently to pick up some flowers and potted plants. Talk about one of my favourite pastimes. I can wander around there all day…if I had the time.

I used to plan things out in my garden so systematically with plants, various varieties and colours. Now I just get a bunch, do some speed digging, stick them in the ground then give everything double doses of fertilizer to make up for lost growing time. Then Mother Nature does the rest, as usual. The robins, nuthatches and the kiddies next door approved, so I must be doing something right.

I remember when I was young and picked “gardening” from the proverbial “job jar” as a chore. Back then I wasn’t so keen to get up close and personal with the earthworms getting dirt in my nails. Funny when you grow up and have your own place how things change. I was out there for the balance of the afternoon and burned ~216 calories an hour. Not so bad getting things planted while fitting in some stealth exercise.

All I want to do these days is be outside when I have free time. Whether it’s a weeding meeting, a gardening party or a walk in the hood, getting active outdoors is so therapeutic. So if you’re still stuck inside move your cheese and get out and play. You’ll be glad you did.

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