Keep fit in the gar­den and save on gym fees

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

All those wasted pounds, all those soonto-be-dashed res­o­lu­tions... we’re well into Jan­uary and a lot of peo­ple are join­ing a gym and try­ing to ex­er­cise.

For many, it’s an ex­pen­sive fail­ure. Far bet­ter to spend a few hours a week in some en­er­getic tidy­ing in the gar­den. Re­mem­ber, the colder it is the more calo­ries you burn. It’s al­most worth overindulging at Christ­mas and the New Year.

Tidy­ing also re­moves any hid­ing places for slugs and snails dur­ing the win­ter – a sure-fire way of re­duc­ing their num­bers.

If the soil is frosty or wet, try to keep off the beds be­cause walk­ing over them can eas­ily de­stroy the soil struc­ture.

Con­tinue plant­ing dor­mant shrubs and trees, and check that any newly-planted shrubs have not been lifted up by the win­ter frosts. If they have, use the heel of your welly to firm them back into the soil.

And if it snows heav­ily, get out the long brush and knock off any ac­cu­mu­la­tions be­fore the weight snaps or dam­ages stems and branches.

And if you have any bare-rooted roses heeled in wait­ing to take up per­ma­nent res­i­dence in beds and bor­ders, get the ground pre­pared for them.

Gar­den­ing can be more fun than a gym and it’s cer­tainly not a tread­mill. En­joy.

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