Get Outdoors with Gardening

photoGetting out in the garden is a great way to celebrate spring and this week’s amazing weather. Gardening is an easy and fun way to increase physical activity and reduce stress.

Follow these tips for a healthy gardening experience:

  • Always wear a hat, gloves and sunscreen when working outside.
  • Drink plenty of water — plants aren’t the only ones who can suffer from dehydration.
  • Schedule gardening time for early morning or late afternoon.
  • Bend from the knees.
  • Wash hands carefully after gardening to clean soil-borne bacteria or other potentially harmful substances from the skin.

No matter how modest the effort, appreciate the beauty of your garden at every stage and consider it a positive reflection of your efforts to get outside and enjoy the earth.

If you’re ready to get gardening, below are some links to local sources of information:

King County Master Gardener Foundation
Snohomish County Fruit Society
Gardening Fact Sheets from WSU Extension
P-Patch Community Gardens
Seattle Tilth

Don’t have a green thumb, but still want to enjoy the benefits of locally grown fruits and vegetables this summer? Pike Place Market is now managing the Virginia Mason Farmers Market Mondays at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center starting June 16. The Pike Place Market Express brings fresh, local produce via “pop-up” markets one day a week from June to the first week of October. The farmers and artisan producers at the Express markets are also those who sell at Pike Place Market.


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