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How To Get Started With Gardening

Aug 17, 2007
Many people dream of starting a small garden in their backyard or even on their roofs, if they live in a metropolitan area. Yet, most are afraid that they will not have the time, patience, or the resources in order to begin this project, so the dream is never realized. But, there are ways to make gardening seem less overwhelming for the average person who knows nothing about getting started in this endeavor. As we know, starting a project is very difficult for most people, and following through with the details is hard for the other half. Let us begin with the gardening preparation that you need to take in order to cultivate the garden of your dreams.

Back To The Body Basics Of Gardening

A place to begin our journey into gardening is to think about the toll it can take on a body and to prepare the best we can physically. As gardening requires a good amount of strenuous, physical activity such as digging and getting low to the ground, it is a good idea to be aware of possible injuries that could occur. Most people, however, can overcome the strains and aches associated with gardening over time and continued use.

Gardening gloves come in handy and prove to be quite a necessary part of your gardening experience. They can protect the hands against harmful chemicals in the soil, while also shielding your hands developing blisters. While working in the garden, you should use only lightweight tools with shorter handles to provide more control of the movements. When you are doing jobs that require the use of your full body in motion, using longer handled tools is recommended, as it provides more power behind the action, such as pruners.

At the start of your gardening time, taking some time to do some simple stretching is a wise choice, as it will help to alleviate muscle soreness and fatigue. Also, drinking water while gardening is highly recommended, as dehydration can occur. While you are in your garden, alternate between tasks to keep changing your body and hand motions, such as hoeing and then watering. Keep your tools maintained in good condition so that they can be used easily and without harm.

With preparation and planning, your new adventures in gardening can be a wonderful and fulfilling experience for both your mind and body alike.
About the Author
Kelvin Ho is the webmaster of "TheGreenFingers.com". He enjoys gardening since young. Nothing pleases him more than to see his plants grow well. Visit his site at http://www.thegreenfingers.com to get more gardening and lawn care tips.
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