Gardening is a popular hobby for many people. Some people enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, while others love the scent and color of beautiful flowers.
It is amazing to me how nature can grow my plants and put food on my plate.
Gardeners also experience less stress and increased muscle strength.
Sometimes, however, we may face obstacles in our lives that make it difficult to pursue the hobbies and other activities we love. For people with disabilities, gardening can be difficult.
Adaptive gardening refers to the adaptation of tools and techniques used in gardening to meet the needs of individuals with different levels of physical abilities.
Over the years, I moved from a house that had a large vegetable garden to one with a small plot. I am a convert to raised beds, containers, and trellis gardening. My pole beans are protected by cattle panel wire fencing.
Start by imagining what you want to do in your garden. Once you have figured out your limitations, you can start to create a plan. You may be unable to bend or reach if you have trouble with your arms or legs.
To ensure that plants are easily accessible, you should not exceed 36 inches in width on any bed.
When working for long periods, make sure you have seating and that you take breaks to stretch or rest.
Think about the tools that you use for gardening and where they are stored. You can find adjustable handles or wooden handles if you have difficulty reaching them. Then, cut the tool to your desired length. Tool storage should be located as close as possible to the point of use. To make cutting easier and less painful, keep the blades of your tools sharp.
Search online for tools with extended handles if the handles are too short. For a better grip, check the tool grips and wear rubber padded gloves. To improve the grip of your tool, you can use foam pipe insulation or tape to cover them.
Consider the load you are carrying and make sure the distances are short. To transport heavy loads, use a wheelbarrow that has two wheels in front. This will allow you to maintain balance and help you keep your weight down. Use a smaller watering container, a self-coiling water hose, or a water wand to install an irrigation system.
Plan before you plant. Seeding tools and guides can help you reduce the time spent in the garden. There are many types of seeding tools available, from small trowels for small seeds to larger ones that have seed plates.
Shredded wood mulch is applied to the garden to retain moisture, and reduce the amount of work involved in weeding. To cover larger areas, you can easily turn newspaper into mulch. Lay three sheets on the ground, then cover the area with mulch or compost.
I recommend that you weed by hand using a tool with a long handle and tee/D grip. A stool is a good option, as well as a foam kneeling pad. To get more cushioning, I glue two foam pads together as I kneel on the soil.
For organizing tools and materials, a bucket or an old golf bag can be useful. For weeding, watering, and tool organization, I keep a few empty five-gallon buckets.
Gardening continues to show me how I can still reap its many benefits despite all the challenges I face.