Gardening With A Bad Back: 3 Tips For Staying True To Your Passion

Posted on: 15 October 2015

Aging is a fact of life, and it can wreak havoc on your life if you let it. This is especially true if you enjoy gardening. The older you get, the weaker your body becomes. It eventually gets harder and harder to bend, stretch and lift in the garden. However, when you love something, especially something that is good for you mentally and physically when you're older, you don't want to let go. When your body does not want to cooperate, here are a few things that you can do to continue your green thumb passion while taking care of your body:

1. Raise Your Garden Beds Up

Raised gardens are one of the best ways to eliminate the hard work of gardening. You'll be able to avoid bending in order to plant and harvest and you will be able to use a mix of compost and potting soil that can help keep weeds at bay. When building your raised beds, consider making them wheelchair or waist high and ensure there is plenty of room between the raised garden beds boxes to maneuver around. You should also make sure that they're placed close to a water source to make it easier to dip a bucket or hook up a water hose.

2. Purchase Extended Tools

Just like there are ergonomic keyboards and chairs for office employees, there are ergonomic, extended tools for gardeners who want to limit their reaching, bending and even digging. You can find special tools that reduce hand fatigue and limit blisters as well as lightweight water hoses for easier hauling. There are also tools with extended handles, such as hoes, shovels and edgers, to reduce the amount of bending of the back. In addition, you can even get tillers that have a grab bar to help remove the pressure from your wrists when using the tool.

3. Opt for Hanging Baskets

If raised garden beds aren't really your thing, consider using hanging baskets. These are perfect for a number of smaller vegetables, herbs and vine crops, such as strawberries, eggplants, mustard greens, chives and a number of other things that don't spread a lot when they begin to grow. You can attach the baskets to a pulley system that allows you to lower the baskets at a comfortable height.

If you need help setting up your landscape or garden with any of the aforementioned ideas, consult with a local residential landscaper who can help you gain access to the ergonomic tools, build you raised garden beds and set up the pulley system for the hanging baskets.