Gardening for Seniors and the Physically Challenged


Article by: Trevor Kassulke

Are you in a wheelchair, and long to dig in the dirt and create flowering , US Flag Etiquette beauty and grow , Bird Feeders: Look Who's Coming to Dinner far more zucchini than you can give away? Or are your knees just starting to age and even though you've loved gardening , Creating A Balcony Garden Oasis all your life, you're having more trouble getting up and down and are afraid you'll have to give up gardening , Lawn Moles and Proper Lawn Care altogether? Did you botch the last pruning , 5 Pieces of Equipment Gardeners Can't Live Without of your roses , Designing Your Garden to Attract Hummingbirds because of the worsening arthritis in your hands?

Welcome to the world of the physically challenged gardener.

Don't despair. Adapt!

There's plenty of help out there in the form of advice, , Creating a Balanced Garden Pond tools, , A Look at Planting Flower Bulbs raised flower , Creating a Balanced Garden Pond beds and other specialized equipment. A Google search of "Disabled gardening , Creating A Balcony Garden Oasis tools" leads to 125 websites with specific helpful adaptive equipment. "Disabled gardening" gives a whopping 873,000 results where you can find advice , Care and Repair of Garden Tools and "handicapped gardening" yields 111,000. Let those arthritic fingers do your walking!

Problem: "The ground is just too far down there!"

Think about doing your gardening , Wrought Iron Garden Benches while sitting on a chair, , 6 Steps To A Greener, Healthier Lawn instead of on the ground, squatting or bending over. The most obvious solution is to build raised flower , Care and Repair of Garden Tools beds and scatter containers throughout your garden , Discover the Art of Topiary area. Buy cheap plastic outdoor , Gypsum Valuable Input for Agriculture chairs and place , How to Make a Weed Dabber one beside each mini-garden so you don't have to drag or carry when it's time to weed. , A Guide To Landscape Bridges You can just sit down and enjoy the feel of moist earth , When to Fly Old Glory beneath your fingers and breathe in the heavenly smell of freshly applied fish , Wrought Iron Garden Benches emulsion.

If you hang a cup holder on the edge of your container, you can even have the luxury of tea or coffee with your weeds. , 6 Steps To A Greener, Healthier Lawn Maybe the fish , Your Home is Your Fortress: the Art of Garden Fencing emulsion should wait.

Don't think about what you've lost now that you can't crawl around weeding the perennial , Landscaping Tips border; teach your grandchild or a neighborhood kid the joy to be found doing that task ... you've just discovered a new adventure in gardening. , How to Start Your Lawn by Seeding or Sod The good news is that you may find whole different special areas of your yard , The First-Time Vegetable Gardener -- Some Pathways to Success where you can stick a mini-garden.

Get creative. Put a beautiful , 5 Pieces of Equipment Gardeners Can't Live Without container near your front door , Xeriscaping is Waterwise Gardening and plant , Growing Great Potatoes wonderfully scented flowers , Designing Your Garden to Attract Hummingbirds to greet your guests ... or perhaps a nice cherry tomato plant , Attracting Birds To Your Garden they can steal from on their way to ring your doorbell. Put a waist high herb garden , A Look at Planting Flower Bulbs right outside , Your Home is Your Fortress: the Art of Garden Fencing your kitchen door , Designing Your Garden to Attract Hummingbirds and add an area in it for your favorite cut flowers. , Orchid Myths -The Truth

When you're deciding where to locate the raised bed , Foraging In The Forest: Finding Materials That Link Your Home To The Great Outdoors or container, be sure to remember physically demanding practicalities like dragging a heavy hose to water , Attracting Birds To Your Garden it. Think and plan , Choosing Healthy ts for Your Garden a low energy , Gardening and Flowers solution for what you'll do with the compost , Porch Swing Places: Where to Put a Porch Swing material.

Problem: "My painful hands don't have the strength for ..."

You can get tools , Re-Potting Your Orchids which extend your arms to reach the ground level flower , Creating A Balcony Garden Oasis bed from a sitting position. Several manufacturers , Lawn Moles and Proper Lawn Care make specially tools , Fragrant Fine Art: Give your Garden a Design That's All Your Own with light , Attracting Birds To Your Garden weight handles designed to keep the wrist and hand in a stress-free position and to provide a firmer grip. Small, light , Rose Gardening: Water, Sun and Shade rakes, hoes, etc. like this can work wonders.

Think ratchet pruner, ratchet lopping shears ... let the laws of physics give your hands a hand. You'll be amazed when you look at the tools , How to Grow Hydrangeas available. Pull difficult weeds , Ginseng Benefits by stepping on a lever.

Problem: "I get so tired so quickly."

Hey, the weeds , US Flag Etiquette didn't grow , Your Home is Your Fortress: the Art of Garden Fencing all at once; you don't have to pull them all at once. Pace yourself. , Growing Great Potatoes Find ways to make gardening , Porch Swing Places: Where to Put a Porch Swing something you do while you sit and drink a cup of tea and listen to the birds, , Gardening and Flowers rather than a work chore you slave away at for a full afternoon. Pull one weed , How to Create a Zen Garden from the scented garden , 5 Pieces of Equipment ers Can't Live Without near your front door , Think Vintage for Your Garden on your way out and another weed , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Plant Correctly on the way in. Plant , Rose Gardening: Water, Sun and Shade parsley in your kitchen door , How to Create a Zen Garden herb garden , Choosing Healthy Plants for Your while your toast is toasting and the coffee is dripping.

Buy and plant , The World of Herbs 3 packs of flowers , Care and Repair of Garden Tools instead of a whole flat. , 5 Pieces of Equipment Gardeners Can't Live Without Take a nice aerobic walk around your yard, , How to Create a Zen Garden stopping at a different container for 5 minutes "conversation" with your plants , Patio Umbrella Covers on each cycle, then go back inside , 6 Steps To A Greener, Healthier Lawn and plop on the recliner. You'll be amazed at how much gets done in these mini-work sessions. Your heart will love you, too.

Remember, one of the nice things about flowers , A Guide To Landscape Bridges is they don't have anything to prove. We can all learn a lesson from them.
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