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Winter Gardening: A Hobby That Helps You Relax And Keeps You Fit

You will find that the hobby of gardening always has an extra addition to its benefits. It is taken up either for nutrition, or mental health, or fitness. This wonderful hobby, besides giving you some great looking vegetables or flower plants, can improve your health manifold.

Reports has shown that gardening has been instrumental in improving blood pressure, reducing stress, promoting a constant feeling of well-being, toning your muscles, and promoting and assisting you at your weight loss program.

What Is Winter Gardening?

The winter gardening is not actually gardening. The name implies what all you do in winter to supplement the maintenance of your garden. Hence, the name of winter gardening. Usually, this is the time to sharpen and clean your implements, shape and prune your trees and shrubs because you can see their shape clearly, when they are bereft their leaves. Besides, just walking through your garden in winter will leave you fresh and invigorated. Gardening is after all, all about feeling great about yourself.

One of the winter gardening activities that could keep you both busy and exercised is tending to your compost. They say that the compost is termed as "gardener's gold" because of its role in gardening. It is imperative that you have a good amount of compost ready for the spring when you will get to plant again and tend to the awakening miracle of nature. Hence, turning compost should make one of the most important activities on your winter gardening chores list.

This activity, important as it is to the garden, provides an added benefit for you you will burn some 300 calories in about 30 minutes of turning compost, which is as good as doing any aerobics and other weight-control and muscle-building exercises.

Your compost mound should be measured for health while you are at it. A good and healthy compost pile will smell good, almost like rain, or wet earth. It will be warm and cozy inside, and it will not be surprising to find toads hibernating inside. A good compost pile will always release steam in the presence of cold winter atmosphere.

You will need to watch for signs of dryness in your compost which can spell disaster unless fixed immediately and if you find that it is lacking moisture (steam is not coming out even in very cold days) go ahead and water it. Do not overdo the watering bit or you will have everything transformed into ice!


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Gardening Tip #7

Foliage plants usually have high nitrogen needs, while flowering plants, K2O is needed. Slow release fertilizers can be mixed with the compost. However, certain plants like cacti and orchids need special fertilizer. Feed plants during their most active growth period.