I'm going to let you in a little secret. Ready. I hate the gym. Hate. It. Sweaty people. Boring exercise. Dirty equipment. I just don't like it. I must have fresh air. So I have always walked for exercise. It was a nice arrangement. I load my 70+ lbs of kids in to my jogging stroller and pushed them all over our hilly little town. When I say hilly I really mean it. We are at the foot of the Adirondacks here. It was a workout. And a fun one too. This spring though Mark started wanting to walk himself. That did two things to my workout. 1. He walks at a snail's pace. He tries. But he is easily distracted by trees, rocks, birds, turtles, snakes, cars, trucks, street signs. You name it and it will slow him down. And 2. He is 50 of the 70+ lbs. And just pushing Anna is not a workout at all. She's a peanut. We still go just about every day but at a far more leisurely pace than before. It doesn't really get my heart going.
So I had to think of something. Sooooo welcome to my summer gym. Better than 24 Hour Fitness, Golds Gym, and Curves all rolled into one. I will tell you this digging holes is a full body workout. Especially when you consider our ground here is quite wet. And heavy. Most of the tree I got were in 5 gallon pots.
What is this I hear? You would like a tour of my workout room. Well OK, please step inside. Watch your step. This little guy got the singular distinction of being the very first thing in the ground. It is also the only thing to date that Jason and I planted together. I talked to him (A Bird's Nest Spruce) though and he says he is up to the challenge of meeting and greeting each of the other inhabitants as they arrive.
This is a Weeping Crap Apple tree. And I might add it was in a 5 gallon pot. The hole for it was 4 feet around. I did it as a thunderstorm was rolling in. It was little like doing sprints but dangerous. And fun.
Do you want a final look? Well, it isn't much to look at right now. It will have a far bigger visual impact once the leaves come out and we add mulch. By. The Truckload.
Next I am putting in a stone path with grass around it right through the center. My thighs are already burning from that project. And I haven't even started it yet. I am so excited to get it underway.
I will be back with a more thorough tour once the leaves come out a little more. This garden isn't going to be just pretty. We planted some nice fruit trees too. In about 5 years I hope to be have fruit by the truckload. So this space will be an ongoing workout room and snack shack as well.