Gardening has a lot of bending over. Someone once said that gardeners “need a cast iron back with hinges for bending over”
Here are some tips to minimize back problems as a result of gardening:
1) Don’t overdo it on any one given day. . work up to the daily tasks of gardening.
2) Bend your knees more rather than your back.
3) Never twist when you are lifting.
4) Use knee pads so that you can get down where the plants are and can comfortably work. Remember gardening has brought as many people to their knees as religion!
5) Make raised beds for easier access.
6) Use long handled tools to reduce reaching.
7) Use a wheelbarrow, dolly or a cart to move heavy plants or piles of debris.
8) Consider getting a garden kneeler
Low growing, spreading junipers make good, drought tolerant groundcovers. For best results avoid the super short (less than 10” high) varieties such as “wilton carpet,” or “Bar Harbor,” as weeds more easily penetrate their thinner leaf canopy.
Instead, grow juniper varieties that are between 1 to 2 feet in height like “Broadmoor,” “Buffalo,” or “Calgary Carpet.” They have less weed problems and are very hardy. While they are drought tolerant they do need regular moisture during establishment.
Arugula is a peppery flavored salad green. In Roman times Arugula was grown for both it’s leaves and the seed. The seed was used for flavoring oils. On another interesting note, Rocket or Arugula seed has been used as an ingredient in aphrodisiac concoctions dating back to the first century, AD. (Cambridge World History of Food).
It can be directly sown into the garden though early August in successive plantings at about 5 inches apart. Hot weather causes it to go to seed, which is why successive plantings are a good idea. It is usually used sparingly in salads to add a sharp, nutty flavor. It can also be cooked or tossed into pasta.