Stretch and breathe -- that's the mantra contained in the beautiful little book, Gardener's Yoga (Sasquatch Books, 2006; $12.95), which walks you through 21 gentle yoga postures that will relax and stretch the muscles that you use most while gardening. The author, Veronica D'Orazio, is a yoga instructor and gardener, and she interweaves those talents in her book, which divides the postures into three phases: breaking ground, planting seeds, and harvest time. She shows us poses that we can do before, during, and after our energetic workouts in the garden, reminding us what parts of our body are taking the stress in each activity. Take time to smell the roses, yes, but also take time to stretch and breathe.
Clever Gardening Technique
Powdery Mildew on Indoor Plants
The rosemary plants that I bring indoors for winter sometimes get powdery mildew, and cultural control measures can help reduce the problem. Reducing humidity around the plants, and setting up a small fan to circulate the surrounding air can help. And, although it sounds counterintuitive, another technique to control this fungus is to give the plants a hard spray of water every few days.