Shelly in her garden with raspberries!

Shelly in her garden with raspberries!

"Exercise can be a seasonal thing, as it often is for me, and right now it's springtime in the Northwest and that means it's time to garden.  The days are longer and drier and it just feels wonderful to get out in the yard in the fresh air and sunshine. It is truly a labor of love to get down on your knees and pull the weeds or clean up the perennial beds.  It's even more of a joy to add fresh compost to the vegetable garden before planting those seeds that will give one oodles of eats during the season. And of course, composting the old yard waste and kitchen waste can be a bit of work as well, but oh-so-satisfying. 

I try to get out in the yard a bit after work as it can be very relaxing and even therapeutic.  There is always something to do, something to smell, something to touch or see as you watch your garden grow from close-up. 

On weekends I tackle the larger things, like digging up the dandelions in the front lawn or re-potting or re-planting.  But after work is a good time for planting a row of peas here or a row of kale there, or mulching the strawberry patch!  It may not seem like much at times, but it's constant activity and that has to be a good thing!  Ah, springtime!"  -- Shelly Carpenter, 48, Seattle