Calling all green thumbs. We know that gardening can be a tiring activity, but it doesn’t have to be. You may not have the same strength or flexibility as you did in your 20’s, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop gardening altogether.
Gardening is a joy. It can be a therapeutic process that helps you get more exercise, vitamin D, and can keep you occupied during the relentless lockdowns.
However, gardening can require a broad range of physical motion when it involves a lot of heavy lifting of pots or soil bags—and having to bend over or kneel to weed and seed can be painful for your joints. These actions aren’t always feasible, and that’s okay because there are ways to make gardening easier as you age.
No one has to miss out on gardening when you can use these five genius gardening hacks to make your favourite outdoor activity that little bit easier.
The best way to help with excessive bending or reaching while you garden is to use longer-handled tools. Whether it be a shovel, spade, or rake, a longer tool will provide increased leverage and more effective support. You can also make your shovel non-stick by spraying it with a silicone lubricant to make shovelling easier to do and support your wrists.
A raised garden bed will stop you from kneeling to plant seedlings and such, which can cause unnecessary back pain. An easy way to do this is to buy a taller frame if you can’t put one together on your own. If you want to build a raised garden bed frame, you should always opt for cedarwood, as it’s naturally rot-resistant.
Instead of standing all day while you tend to your garden, it’s best to sit on a stool to make sure you don’t hurt your back, legs, and feet. Sitting on a stool accompanied by a raised garden bed is an ideal set-up for anyone who gets easily tired or achy.
Hoses can tend to be heavy or just plain inconvenient when they get tangled up after sitting in the backyard for weeks. If you struggle with long, tangled hoses, opting for a retractable hose will change your life and make gardening so much easier. And when you finish with the hose, you don’t have to worry about the cleanup.
A vertical garden stands upright, with all the pots hanging vertically from a panel. Vertical gardens are ideal for gardeners who struggle with crouching, as it eliminates crouching entirely from your gardening. Alternatively, our caddy could be the perfect solution to your worries!
After applying these nifty little hacks to your gardening regime, you’ll have a beautiful garden in no time. So grab your gardening gloves and tend to your outdoor oasis.