Gardening Is My Exercise

Because my indoor garden doesn't require hoeing, weeding, shoveling, or any really strenuous activities, I'm a volunteer for the National Arboretum's Youth Garden. My first time was three weeks ago; I dug up a path, put down garden cloth or somesuch, and shoveled mulch into wheelbarrows to put on the path. Two weeks ago I was sick, and volunteering was cancelled last weekend because of the holiday. But this weekend, I got to help dig 10 raised beds.

To be honest, I don't do it for the kids. My motivation is primarily to get outside in the heat with a garden tool in my hands, sweat a little, and build up some upper-body strength so I don't have to go to the gym. But it's hard not to appreciate the mission this garden has when you see such a cute small child planting celery, and you know that coming to this garden every week will be such an impact upon that girl and every other kid who comes here. Because that's where I got my start--gardening at age 4 or 5.

Gotta get 'em when they're young!

Update: Her name's Camille.

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2 Responses to Gardening Is My Exercise

  1. Yep, gardening can really be a workout! Especially turning the soil.

    I walked by Mr. Yogato the other day to look for the moonflower, but I guess it wasn't open yet. Next time!

  2. Hm, there used to be a few a while ago. More will come in soon--there are three or four buds about to burst and many more on the way!

    You'll now also find a peanut plant and grape vines. :-P



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