Growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area. With a wiener dog.

March 25, 2015

Using your garden for physical therapy

After my accident (please don't ask), many years ago, just taking care of the garden was extremely difficult for me. I had artificial turf installed (which I love) so it's not like I had to mow the grass, but I still had to (and wanted to) take care of the plants. I've made some great improvements over the years, but for a long time simply walking, bending and stretching was a lot for me to do. Luckily, I love my garden, and it has always been a labor of love. No, I was never out there jumping around, and I'm still not, but many times simple movement is the best medicine.

Since I live in the Phoenix area, and it's March, it's a great time to be outdoors. It's in the mid-seventies most of the day, which is very comfortable. And so I've set up a physical therapy area out in the garden. This is what I have so far:

• An extra-thick yoga mat. It's underneath the towel and the pillow (which is an outdoor pillow so I can leave it outside).

• A small plastic table. I listen to audiobooks, and music on my iPad, so I put it there. Putting expensive electronics on the ground is just dumb. I doubt whether it would be harmed if Macintosh, the good little wiener dog, stepped on it, but my feet are considerably bigger!

• A foam roller, a tennis ball, and a yoga strap. Mostly I just lie around, stretch, and knead sore muscles. And a lot of times I just I sleep.

Oh yeah, and you've gotta have shade. My olive tree provides that. And it's always nice to have your best friend with you!

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