Get Active This Spring By Gardening!

Now spring is finally in evidence as daffodils and flowering trees start to bloom this is the perfect time to get out in the garden and start the gardening to prepare for the summer months.

Gardening has proven very satisfying, productive and a very good way to stay active and get some fresh air. It is inevitable that age can make some tasks harder to complete, but below we have listed top tips on how to make gardening a safe and fun activity no matter what your age.

Raise your beds- If you find yourself struggling to stretch or bend down to the plants, then by making your beds raised will make gardening a lot easier for you. If you have them raised, it makes it much easier to weed and maintain as well. You can perch on the side and use a trowel to plant and weed.

Give container gardening a try- In simple terms this means planting into a pot or container of your choice. This is very useful because it enables you to place the garden virtually anywhere so that it’s easily accessible for you. Remember to use light wright containers for extra easy handling to ensure you don’t strain your back.

Pick your plants carefully- Make sure you chose plants that are easy to maintain and able to withstand variety of conditions for an easy gardening experience. In the long run this makes gardening less strenuous overall. A good tip is that onions and shallots are very low maintenance; other easy to grow crops are spring onions, broad beans and carrots. If your soil is poor, try growing hardy crops such as rosemary, sage and thyme.

Be careful of slippery paths- At this time of year, paths get very slippery, so look at the surface before walking. Wood can also get slippery so keep an eye on decking, and algae and moss are dangers too.

Use the right equipment- Digging can be very hard work, by using long-handled tools such as forks and spades will cut out some of the work of digging. Using lightweight tools prevent arm, shoulder and back injuries. You can also use a stool or chair to save your legs from having to squat or sit down.

Work with your limits and enjoy- Make sure you only take on what you can manage- if a whole plot is too much, go for half a plot. Make sure you stretch and swap around activities; for example a bit of digging, a bit of watering, a bit of pruning.

Most importantly, have fun! By following these top tips, you will be able to do your gardening safely and effectively.

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