Last weekend my phone lines were down. Now I am down. For several days, I’ve been in and out of bed with a bad bug and a sore back. Who knows where I caught the bad bug. The sore back was of my own doing. I had unknowingly arched my back while planting irises on a steep hillside. As gardeners, oftentimes we tend to focus on the task, unmindful of our posture. How we push and pull, dig and hoe. How we haul, reach and lift, and breathe. There is a right and a wrong way to carry out each of these movements. A way that is favorable to our bodies.
Tools that “fit” our body type, hand size, and strength ability are just as important. If you have to put most of your energy into hoisting a heavy shovel, the job becomes harder. Keeping tools fine-tuned will also make gardening easier. Proper attire and sun guard is important too.
As we approach holiday preparations, there will be a rush to do too many things outdoors and indoors. To pluck the weeds, rake leaves, pop in a few color spots near the front walkway, and hang the wreath before company arrives.
As you garden toward the end of the year, do so with grace and friendliness toward your body.
PS: Hopefully, I’ll be well by Monday.