Hoeing = Exercise & Vitamin D!

As you may already know, I have always made a place in my schedule for exercise. Exercise releases “happy hormones”, or endorphins, which give an overall sense of well-being – who doesn’t want that!

This year more than ever, my exercise has been in the form of walking and working in the vineyard. But, after being off my feet because of broken toes, my exercise is hoeing. Hoeing the garden that is.

As you can see, watered by two tenths of an inch of rain last week, the weeds took off.

Normally, if the garden needs hoeing, we have a hoeing party. Working together, we get the 200ft x 400ft area done quickly. However, everyone is busy on the filter house so, I decided to do it myself.

Drum roll, please!

The only places that were not overgrown with weeds were the watermelons.

And, the cantaloupes.

I even have blisters! They could have been avoided if I had worn gloves but, I did not want a weird suntan. Vanity I know, but that is just the way it is. At least I was able to breathe fresh air, sweat and clean out my pores, stock up on vitamin D … the benefits are numerous. And the garden is now weed-free. Well, almost!

How about you, what are you doing for exercise these days?

How is your garden doing?

Leave a comment, I would love to hear!

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  1. KimH says

    Your garden looks great!! Thats one good sized garden.. but everything is bigger in Texas. 😉

    Mine is doing quite well. I am back at a community garden after being away for about 5 years. I wasnt sure I was going to be able to stay on top of it since I’ve had some problems with my back & several knee surgeries, and muscle problems, which is why I stopped gardening there, but after the first couple weeks, I’ve been able to keep on top of it with no problems.
    I do love working in the garden.. Its only 3 miles away so its not too far. Speaking of, I didnt get there yesterday so I imagine I’ll be swamped with squash today.
    Yesterday, I spent the day canning & dehydrating squash and made some katchup too. Work work work… but its enjoyable work.

    • says

      I am glad your garden is doing so well, Kim. Sorry to hear about your health problems and hope you feel better quickly! It is amazing how quickly squash can produce!

  2. says

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my ketchup post…hope you enjoy it! Wow, you’ve got quite a garden, and the vineyard, I have to say I’m just a little jealous. Here in the Cascade foothills of the Pacific NW, we simply cannot grow watermelon or cantaloupe (I know, we tried…), but lots of other wonderful nourishing fruits and veggies come from our garden where, like you, I get the bulk of my summer exercise. :) Blessings! ~Lisa


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