Doing gardening when you are disabled may seem like a challenge. However, with the right pointers and advice, it can be a breeze! We understand the challenges that you may face, especially with heights and dexterity. That should never mean that you miss out on one of life's most enjoyable and therapeutic hobbies. Below, we have created a list on how to garden when you're disabled and how to make the most fun of doing it!
1) When it comes to your garden, if you're disabled ensure that you have plenty of space to move around. Some gardens can be quite narrow to pass through, so make sure you leave about 2.5 meters width so that you can safely pass through. Remember that you may need to manoeuvre around unexpectedly, so always prepare for that!
2) Choose plants that are easy to grow and don't require much maintenance. Your best bet on this is to choose perennial plants. Perennials are the best because they only require to be planted once and then some general garden maintenance. It would be slightly more challenging if they were annuals, because although they would look beautiful, they would need be to be re-planted again next year.
3) Always set a separate table aside for your gardening tools, so that they are at one place and so that you don't have challenges picking them up from the ground. Try and get a recess in the table to reach things, too.
4) Choose to have sprinklers or water stand pipes everywhere in the garden, so that you can go back into the house and simply switch on a button. It can get tedious attempting to water everything in your garden. This handy feature will make both yourself and your plants very happy. Sprinklers are designed to give the right type of water flow to your plants, effectively saving you time as well.
5) Hedges and bushes are beautiful but they take up too much maintenance. The simple solution to this is to have a wall or a fence that has climbing plants such as ivy on it to cover the surface. It will give you the same type of illusion and look gorgeous too, without the need to do any trimming and hedging!
6) In order to avoid the hassle of weeds in your garden, not to mention trying to uproot them, choose to use a plant ground cover after your garden tidy up. This will ensure that new weeds don't randomly sprout up when they feel like it!
7) Ensure that there are ramps and rails installed in different parts of your garden. This will make it so much easier for you, especially when the surface wasn't too even to begin with. The rails will help with sturdiness generally.
8) Also, make sure that the trees and shrubs that are planted (or that you choose to plant) are the correct size for the space you're choosing to grow them in. That saves you a lot of time, effort and energy in trying to prune and pluck them to keep them in shape.
Overall, doing your gardening when you're disabled shouldn't feel like a hassle. With these handy tips above, you will find that you can enjoy all the benefits of a garden and garden maintenance without the intense labour that usually comes along with it. It is a great pastime and hobby to keep you engaged and busy, not to mention make you feel productive! Gardens are beautiful and you deserve to take care of one!