The sun has appeared and we can now enjoy our summer gardens and outdoor spaces! Gardening has always been a much loved activity, and is good for us too. Quite apart from the pleasure of seeing things grow and the pride in having successfully achieved a beautiful border or patio container, it’s a low-impact form of exercise that promotes mental well-being and gets you outdoors.
For many of us physical limitations and health issues may make it harder than it used to be. Here are some tips for making gardening easier as we age:
Use raised garden beds: Raised beds are easier to access and require less bending or kneeling so they help prevent back strain. Raised planter boxes have become particularly appealing for older gardeners as they require less physical effort than normal garden beds. They can be brought up to a height of the gardener’s choice, making them a good option for people with limited mobility too.
The right tools for the job: is a mantra we’ve heard many times. So as we get older, it’s worth considering an investment in lightweight tools and long-handled forks, spades and secateurs. Ergonomic tools – Use tools with ergonomic handles: Lots gardening tools have soft-grip or ergonomic handles that are easier to grip and require less force to use. Long-handled tools, like pruners or trowels, can be great for reaching plants without bending over. ergonomic tools long handled tools And don’t forget protective gloves.
Provide comfortable seating: Have you got a good place to sit and rest while taking a break? Kneelers make soft landing for your knees – much more comfortable. Or treat yourself to a stool from which to weed with no pressure on your knees at all. Our waxed cotton Garden booster cushion prevent damp and aching bones!
Use a combination seat and tool belt so that wherever you are there’s a place to sit down. And you won’t be as likely to lose your tools…
Choose low-maintenance plants: Select plants that are easy to care for and require minimal upkeep, such as succulents, herbs and native plants. These plants typically require less water and fertilizer, which can save time and energy.
Digging beds, pulling weeds, lifting watering cans, and other gardening activities are all examples of low-impact exercises that promote strength, flexibility, and mobility. Just 30 minutes of gardening a day can help us live a healthier, more active lifestyle. So there’s no excuse – happy gardening!