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Callander Horticultural Society set to host annual plant sale

Callander Horticultural Society has two must attend events planned for May.

Callander Horticultural Society has two must attend events planned for May.

First the committee is hosting Guest Speaker -Nanditta Colebear who will talk about "Small Scale Intensive Gardening" on May 21st at 7:00 pm with a social to follow where the Master Gardener will answer questions.

Organizers say bring a friend as there will be a number of good ideas to share.

And then on May 24th Then the team will host their much anticipated annual Plant Sale from 8:00am until all the plants are sold.

Both events take place at the Callander Community Centre on Swale Street.

As folks prepare for a great spring and summer of planting and weeding the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) has offers the following tips for an injury-free season.

The OCA says improper gardening techniques can take its toll this time of year, in fact, 88% chiropractors in Ontario say gardening is the most common source of back and neck injury during the warmer months.

- Stretch it out – Make sure you stretch your thighs, shoulders, sides, arms, back and hamstrings before you start to get the most out of your gardening

- Alternate tasks – Switch from heavy tasks to light ones, and change your hands and positions frequently

- Lift with ease – Always bend with your knees and keep a straight back. Carry the load close to your body

- Get low when planting – Knee pads or a kneeling mat can help to ease the strain on your back while you plant and weed your garden. Keep a straight back and stop when you need to have a break.

- Rake Right – Put one leg in front and another behind when you rake, and alternate on occasion to minimize the back strain.