“Inch by inch, row by row, I’m gonna make this garden grow.” ~ Peter Paul & Mary, Garden Song
I hate working out at the gym, I love working in the garden. Gardening is basically a camouflaged workout, but with the added bonus of getting vegetables for your trouble.
And you don’t have to wear lycra or leg-warmers. Win-win, right?
All good workouts start with a stellar soundtrack, don’t you agree?
Even now, I cannot listen to The Jackson Five’s Can You Feel It, without the sound of Jane Fonda’s voice exclaiming “Inhale!” “Bounce!” “Grab your ankles and bend over!”and “Buttocks tight!” My Mum had Jane Fonda’s Workout Record on cassette and it got a bit of play in our house in the early 80’s. Feeling
masochistic nostalgic? Re-live it here. Thank you internet!
Anyway, back to my garden playlist. I like a tune with an upbeat melody that will keep me moving, happy and productive. Of course, we can dispense with with the records, now I use Apple Music on iTunes. So easy to compile playlists! Here’s what’s playing on my Garden List…
- Sunny Afternoon ~ The Kinks
- Dirty Creature ~ Split Enz
- I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down ~ Elvis Costello – (in honour of the time I tripped over my own feet, grazed my knees, broke my glasses & ended up with a bump on my forehead when raking up leaves.)
- Cruel Summer ~ Bananarama
- Pretty in Pink ~ The Psychedelic Furs
- Hot in the City ~ Billy Idol
- Antmusic ~ Adam and the Ants
- Weather with You ~ Crowded House
- Life on Mars ~ David Bowie
- Walk of Life ~ Dire Straits
- Planet Earth ~ Duran Duran
- Orange Crush ~ R.E.M.
- Gardening at Night ~ R.E.M.
- Sowing the Seeds of Love ~ Tears for Fears
- Wake Up ~ Arcade Fire
- It’s Raining Men ~ The Weather Girls
- Don’t Wait Too Long ~ Madeline Peyroux
- Feelin’ Good ~ Nina Simone
- Alive ~ Goldenfrapp
- Life, Love & Laughter ~ Donavon Frankenreiter
This playlist is guaranteed to keep you working hard in the garden and promote 100% more plant growth.*
Yes, musically, I am in a bit of an 80’s timewarp. But you know what? I don’t care. And if your neighbours overhear your ultimate garden playlist and make snide comments about your musical proclivities (I’m talking to you Mark) then just Shake it Off. People can be mean. Luckily, your plants will love you even more for your so-called “daggy taste.”**
I know I’ve missed plenty of good tunes, so leave me your favourite garden-go-to song in the comments and I’ll create a master list!
*Haha! Sadly, not true.
**Actual scientific fact.