Connecting Gardeners to Yoga

DSC_0270“[Anyone] can learn a few moves everyday, before and after working in the garden, and gain some habits,” says Jeanell Innerarity of Dream Bold Bodyworks.

I had the opportunity to visit Jeanell in her office to discuss yoga and how it benefits us gardeners who work long hours in the yard with all those body aches and pains from weeding, planting, sowing, etc.

Jeanell is instructing our new, upcoming class, Yoga for Gardeners this Saturday, September 6th at 10 am. Available to all ages, no mats are needed to enjoy this free beginners’ class! Time to bust out those yoga pants! With tennis shoes, of course.

In addition to being a LMP, Jeanell has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching it for seven. She specifies herself in a yoga style called Embodyoga, which focuses on developmental patterns, such as primal brain movements, and core organ support.

With a B.S. in Environmental Studies, Jeanell also has worked in sustainable agriculture with farmers. This experience has lead her to a lifelong joy of yoga.

“People kept asking me to do yoga,” she says, “so I thought I was not a farmer doing yoga, but a yoga teacher farming.”

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 “Farming is incredibly hard on the body. Sustainable agriculture is not sustainable for the workers themselves.”

For gardeners, Jeanell also sees similar wear and tear over time with inflammation. 

The most common imbalances she’s seen over the years for outdoor gardeners are:

  • Lower back
  • Wrists and hands
  • Rotator cuffs, or shoulders
  • Knees

“It’s important for people to be aware that things build up over time,” Jeanell says. “Our bodies learn patterns and yoga helps restore your full range and ability.”

Her class will mainly focus on sitting and standing poses that your whole body will benefit from, such as learning and relearning body mechanics.

For example, she will explain how to lift heavy objects by rooting two feet to the ground by using feeling and balance throughout the body. And show us how to open up our shoulders, since our backs naturally curl us forward. No wonder it’s hard to sit straight! 

“You do everything equally on both sides to eventual be balanced and not over wearing one thing or the other,” she says.

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There’s a wide range of yoga styles and classes, such as for kids or prenatal women or people with physical or mental requirements. Yoga is unlimited in its ability to cater to variety of individuals.

“[Yoga’s] there for absolutely anybody,” Jeanell says. “Yoga gives support. You can trust it. You can feel your body. Nothing can take you for surprise.”

For anyone who would like to sign up for our class this Saturday, visit or call us at the store at (360)676-5480 or register online here.

After the class, Jeanell will also be available for a Q&A for anyone interested in learning more about yoga and its rooted connection with gardeners.

Also, check out this article 18 Convincing Reasons to Give Yoga Another Try by Abigail Wise of the Huffington Post. It expresses what yoga achieves for anyone who practices!

Terrariums! And our Facebook ‘Photo of the Week’

Happy Friday Friends!

Can you believe this weather we’ve been having? It seems that autumn is going to be beautiful in Bellingham this year.

We are enjoying the season with Marcy’s apple cake, design inspiration from Deb and terrariums. We’ve got a class on terrariums coming up on November 9th, so we’ve been getting our hands dirty planting a few examples, and having a lot of fun in the process. The first one below we named, “Froggy Goes A-Courtin”.

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terrarium4From your pictures on Facebook, we can see that you’ve been busy too. And taking full advantage of the autumn sunshine!

This week’s winner of our Facebook ‘Photo of the Week’ Contest is Pamela M. Banis!

Pamela M. Banis Isn’t the autumn color on this viburnum just spectacular?

You could win next week! To join in on the fun, just post your best garden pics to our Facebook page and you’ll automatically be entered into our ‘Photo of the Week’ Contest.

Painting Pumpkins and our Facebook “Photo of the Week”

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It’s no secret that we really have fun with Halloween here at the Garden Spot. Just one look at our cheerful pumpkin signs outside the store, and you can see our Halloween ‘spirit’. (yes that pun was totally intended) This week on our blog we shared how to grow garlic for those of you who need some help repelling vampires and other beasties this Halloween.

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Another time-honored safeguard is the jack-o-lantern. A tradition that originated in Ireland and Scotland, carved turnips or potatoes were placed in windows or near doors to frighten away evil spirits. (Read more here) We got into the spirit of things this week, and painted up some pumpkins to ‘guard’ our nursery this month.

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It’s quite a creative crew here at the Spot, and as you can see we decided to go glam with some of our pumpkins.

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Everyone had a great time with this, and we hope to make this a new tradition and paint more pumpkins next year. What about you and your family? What sort of Halloween traditions do you enjoy?

This week we had some ghoul-ish-ly gorgeous photos posted on our Facebook page. This week’s winner is Krys Kirkwood.

voodoo lilyWe couldn’t resist this sinister, lush purple Voodoo Lily. Very much in the spirit of October, nicely done Krys!

You could be the winner next week. To enter, just post your favorite garden pictures to our Facebook page. Happy Haunting!

September at the Garden Spot

We’ve had a busy month here at Garden Spot Nursery. Many of you came by to pick out new plants for your garden during our Fall Plant Sale. We imagine they’re in the ground now, settling their roots and getting established long before next summer’s spate of dry heat. With moderate temperatures and abundant precipitation…fall is the time to plant.

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We had some great classes on the weekends. Including last week’s trees and shrubs for autumn-winter color class with Jim Locke of Van Klaveren’s nursery. Jim had all kinds of suggestions for hardy plants that add interest to the landscape, such as Red Bud Hazel (Disanthus cercidifolius), Rhododendron ‘Rock Rose’ (Rhododendron racemosum ‘Rock Rose’) and Winterberry (Ilex verticillata).

Along with new shrubs for our gardens, we learned how to can from Susy Hymas earlier in the month, made English Hypertufa containers with Kim and got the low-down on composting with worms from Elsie Konzelman of Nature’s Footprint.

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And the learning didn’t stop there. On our new Garden Spot Blog, customer Bonnie Dunbar shared a new technique for ripening tomatoes with us. Marcy showed everyone how she makes her beautiful garlic braids. And the Garden Spot staff shared their best tips for dividing irises. We also talked about some of our favorite plant picks for fall/winter containers.

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Here’s a little of the conversation happening on our Twitter page in September:

From @gagasgarden: @GardenSpotBham I am looking forward to Fall too. It was really hot last week then 43 Sat. night just like that! 🙂

From @GardenSpotBham: We’re really getting into autumn containers around here #gardenchat pic.twitter.com/E6GT4e56ds

From @PattiRowlson: @GardenSpotBham My favorite thing about gardening with succulents is I can go 4 a week vacation in the summer & they don’t die. 🙂

From @BG_Garden: @GardenSpotBham Im loving the instagram shares of this #igcs in Washington http://instagram.com/p/eJDNfXPqVj/  #gardenchat #igcshow

Yes that’s right! We also joined Instagram in September! Click here to follow us for plenty of nerdy plant goodness.

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On our Facebook page, we were overwhelmed by all of the stunning garden photos you shared with us throughout the month of September. It was truly inspirational to see some of our customer’s beautiful gardens. With that in mind, we’ll be continuing our Facebook “Photo of the Week” contest through October, and we hope you’ll keep posting!

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(Clockwise from upper left: Rosa Solomon’s ‘living roof’, Margaret Brown’s garden visitor, Michelle Nagy’s sedums & Pamela Bain’s black-eyed susans)

We’re looking forward to a festive October at Garden Spot Nursery. Right now our Compost Sale is going on. And this Saturday the Master Gardener’s will be here from 11am to 1pm to talk gardening. Marcy is making some of her famous apple cake, and we hope you’ll drop by.

Later this month, we have a class on Spiritual Gardening with Antoni Stevens, Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter with Debra Olberg and Marcy will be leading a ‘Make and Take’ class on Lasagna Bulb Pots. There’s so much happening this October at the Garden Spot!

Happy Friday- Fall is Here and so are our Pumpkins!

Lots of news at Garden Spot Nursery this week. Our pumpkins have arrived, as well as our fall bulbs. We’ll go further into this on a later post, but suffice to say that we have a re-blooming orange iris. That’s right, you read that correctly. A re-blooming orange iris. Ooh-la-la!

We’re awash in fall mums, pansies and violas. But don’t forget that we’ve still got loads of beautiful perennials, shrubs and trees just waiting to come home with you. And since our fall sale on ALL plant material runs through this Sunday. This weekend is the perfect time to drop by and get that heuchera you’ve been coveting at 25% off!

It’s been an epic year in the garden. Vegetable gardens are overflowing with home-grown produce and ornamental gardens are flush with bloom. Now’s the time to take care of some garden tasks that will help your garden thrive this winter. Have you divided your irises yet?

If not, here’s a few tips from our crew:

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1– After digging up the rhizomes (we like to use a potato fork), pull them apart carefully, discarding any rotting or shriveled up rhizomes

2– As you cut them up, be sure that each chunk of rhizome has a leaf fan attached, cut these leaves to about six inches

3– Once you’ve given the cuts a few hours to heal over, re-plant the rhizome just below the soil surface spreading out the roots below

4– Don’t forget to make sure that all the leaf fans are facing the same direction towards the sun

5– Water those lovelies in and relax (No need to water again through the fall/winter, unless it becomes unseasonably dry)

We had a lot of submissions for our Facebook “Photo of the Week”, and it was so hard to pick! Here’s this week’s winner:

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Congratulations to Krys Kirkwood. We just couldn’t resist this sassy echinacea. There are so many blooming around town this time of year, and this one is so pretty!

Hope you enjoy your new planter Krys!

Want to join in on the fun? Just post your favorite gardening pics to our Facebook page, and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win Facebook Photo of the Week.

Thanks to everyone who participated, we sure enjoyed your photos!

Preserving the Harvest and our ‘Photo of the Week’

Greetings Garden Friends!

What a great week it’s been here at the Garden Spot! Last Saturday we had our very first canning class with Susy Hymas of Daylight Harvest Foods. Two-thirds of the class were beginning canners, and we got some very good information.

canning class/garden-spot-nurseryA Few Canning Tips We Learned from Susy:

1– If you’re canning fruit or pickling, you can use a boiling water canner. For meats and vegetables, you need a pressure canner.

2– Don’t use overripe fruit. Canning won’t improve the quality of fruit.

3– Follow the recipe, if you add more low-acid ingredients (onions, garlic etc.) you could promote botulism.

Thanks Susy! We all had a great time and learned a lot. In case you missed the class, Susy will be at the Cordata Community Food Co-op on Sept. 23rd. Find out more here.

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tomato harvest

This time of year is grand for vegetable gardeners because we are all tasting the fruits of our labor. Crisp carrots, tasty beans and of course, tomatoes! We really had the best summer ever when it came to tomato-growing weather. Our staff and our customers all reported record tomato harvests this year.

That said, there will always be those last few green tomatoes on the vine. What can you do with these besides making fried green tomatoes? Well we’ve got an expert tip for you from one of our customers, Bonnie Dunbar of Maple Falls.

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This year Bonnie grew Brandywine tomatoes for the first time, but was having trouble ripening them. Well she found this method on the internet, and yesterday she brought in a ripe and fragrant Brandywine tomato to show all of us at the Garden Spot.

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Bonnie said to simply put your tomatoes in a large jar with an apple, then cover with cling wrap and store the jar in a cool, dark place. In two weeks or so, your tomatoes will start to ripen. Thanks for the great tip Bonnie!

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Our Facebook “Photo of the Week” contest continued this week and the winning photo gave us a new “perspective” on the garden.

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We enjoyed this photo because it captured the connection to the natural world that gardening gives all of us. We were pretty impressed with the lush perennials and ferns in the background as well!

Thanks to everyone who participated! YOU could win next week. To enter, just post your best garden/project/design photos to our Facebook page. One winner is chosen every Friday.

Happy Harvesting Everyone!