by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.
Spring Has Arrived! Exercise Time! After experiencing a rather nasty winter, home gardeners are anxious to get out there and start working in the landscape and garden. Since being cooped up for the winter, unless you actively exercise anyway, sedentary gardeners need to be careful not to strain muscles when starting to work outside. Do some stretches before you start digging and pruning. If you haven’t been exercising, check with your doctor first, especially if you have any kind of health issues. One nice thing about being retired, I now have time to exercise the way I should. I have taken up Tai Chi. I highly recommend it as a way to stretch and keep limber. With the warmer days in April, you might be anxious to get out there and do some digging. Don’t rush the planting season! No, it is not a good idea to go out and plant your tomato plants on the first 60° day of the year. If you try to get
too much of a jump on the weather by setting out tender plants and seeds now, you are in for disappointments later. “As soon as the ground can be worked” is a familiar recommen83
Tidewater Times April 2015