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Summer is on the way so the chances are you’ll want to get out in the garden. But what if you have a physical disability, an injury, or your strength is just not what it used to be? Here’s our guide on how to make gardening that bit easier.
Digging your garden
Digging is easier if you keep flower beds narrow and make sure there’s access from both sides. Try using long-handled trowels and forks and add compost to your soil which will make it moist, softer and easier to dig.
Grow from seed
Sowing seeds directly into your beds is easier, and mixing seed with sand makes it easier to sow of you have any problems with your hands. If you want to grow fruit and veg, it’s cheap and easy to sow the seeds directly where you want to grow them too. All you’ll have to do is thin the seedlings out once they’ve taken and water them regularly.
Buy low maintenance plants
Plants that don’t need a lot of looking after make it easier for you to maintain your garden, but it means you won’t have as much choice over the plants you can have in your beds. Many herbaceous plants can be left to die themselves and eventually disappear into the soil, ready for their comeback in spring, so they’re a good choice.
Watering your garden
Use a light plastic watering can with flat sides rather than a round one. During warm weather, leave your hosepipe accessible for watering your lawn.
Moving and handling in the garden
Nearly every job you do in the garden involves moving or carrying something, whether it’s garden tools, plants, or bags of compost. Here’s how you can make moving and carrying things easier. (Remember to only do what’s comfortable. A little bit of light gardening is better than hurting or exhausting yourself.)