‘And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden ...'

‘And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden ...'

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The days are getting longer and brighter and the spring equinox passed by on March 20, so spring is here officially. It's time to get back into the garden.

Experienced gardeners know pulling weeds and rearranging plants is a lot of exercise, so consider starting off at a slower pace - don't aim to take care of everything in one day.

In thinking about what needs to be accomplished with the gardening, remember, it's healthy to get some time out in the sunshine and fresh air, as well as all the exercise to be had from pulling weeds and transplanting.

Learn how to take the work in stages and remember to stop and rest if tired. Then get going again.

Sylvia Bushman, aerobics teacher at the Center at The Park said, "Listen to how you feel. You know your body.

"Go gradually, with little bits everyday. Seniors don't usually do a ton at first and get burned out. Seniors are smart, they've learned to listen to their bodies. It's the other people that get sore and overwhelmed."

Remember to take safety precautions: wear a hat and keep a water bottle handy, especially if it's hot.

Work time can be done to coincide with the cooler parts of the day.

"Be aware of your own individual body and think about pacing yourself," Bushman said.

Gardeners may want to warm up a bit before starting. There's probably plenty of work to get done.

Late March or early April is a great time to trim and tidy up the garden according to Mary Eagon, Master Gardener coordinator at the Washington State University Cooperative Extension Office. sThe spring newsletter suggests cutting plants back, fertilizing lawns and getting a good start on getting rid of the weeds while they're still small.

For more information about gardening, plants and general how-to questions, contact the WSU Extension office at 509-524-2685. The staff has a wealth of information and trained staff to help answer questions.

Karlene Ponti can be reached by calling 509-526-8324 or by e-mail at karleneponti@wwub.com.

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