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Tips For Your Garden

Did You Know... When planting seeds plant a banana peel along with them to help with nutrients. Dig a trench two inches deep and at least long enough to accommodate the banana peel strip. Lay banana peel strips flat with the inside facing up and put the seeds on top. Cover with light, rich, well-drained soil and water, care for your seeds as usual. As they germinate, create roots and begin growing they will greatly benefit from the rich fertilizer created by the decomposing banana peels. Tips For You While Gardening The following tips can help minimize aches and pains: 1. Get moving before you garden. A 10 minute brisk walk and stretches for the spine and limbs are good ways to warm up. 2. Change positions frequently to avoid stiffness or cramping. Be aware of how your body feels as you work in your garden. If a part of your body starts to ache, take a break, stretch that body part in the opposite direction it was in, or switch to a different gardening activity. For example, if you’ve been leaning forward for more than a few minutes, and your back starts to ache, slowly stand up, and gently lean backwards a few times. 3. Use a garden cart or wheelbarrow to move heavy planting materials or tools. Lift with your knees and use good posture

while moving a cart or wheelbarrow. 4. Give your knees a break. Use knee pads or a gardening pad. If kneeling or leaning down to the ground causes significant pain in your back or knees, consider using elevated planters to do your gardening. If kneeling on both knees causes discomfort in your back, try kneeling on one and keep the other foot on the ground. 5. Maintain good posture. Use good body mechanics when you pick something up or pull on something, such as a weed. Bend your knees, tighten your abdominals, and keep your back straight as you lift or pull things. Avoid twisting your spine or knees when moving things to the side; instead, move your feet or pivot on your toes to turn your full body as one unit. 6. Take breaks. If you haven’t done gardening or other yard work in a while, plan to work in short stints, building in time for breaks before you start feeling aches and pains. 7. Keep moving after you garden. End your gardening session with some gentle backward bending of your low back, a short walk and light stretching, similar to stretches done before starting.


Trivia Question!

Ms. Lana’s Chocolate Caramel Cake

Last month’s answer was A) Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar

What are the two main ligaments in your elbow? a) Transverse humeral and Radial collateral b) Ulnar collateral and Transverse humeral c) Radial collateral and Ulnar collateral d) Glenohumeral and Transverse humeral


• 1 Devil’s food cake mix • 1 jar caramel ice cream topping • 1 can sweet condensed milk

• 1 package heath bar chips • 8 oz. cool whip

INSTRUCTIONS Bake cake mix according to box in 13x9 pan. Mix caramel and condensed milk together. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Pour over cooled cake. Top with cool whip and heath bar pieces.

Find out the answer in next month’s issue!

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