Gardening is cheaper than therapy… and you get tomatoes!’ is a well-known quote among gardening enthusiasts. They are also right: research shows that gardening is indeed good for your mind and body. And the nice thing is: anyone can garden, so you too! But how do you tackle this cleverly?
1. Choose the right pavement
First of all, think of good pavement of your garden, such as tiles, asphalt or clinker. It is important that the paths also remain rigid when it rains. When you are in a wheelchair, the path should be about 1.20 metres wide and at pivot points around 1.50 metres wide. Raised edges along the paths can be useful to prevent your wheelchair from ending up in the garden. An anti-root cloth underneath the terrace is useful in all cases: this way you avoid unpleasant jobs like weeding!
2. Buy plants that suit you
Choose plants that require little maintenance, but are real eye-catchers. How about shrubs like the Hortensia, Mahogany bush and the Snowball? You don’t have to prune them or hardly prune them at all, but they do flower particularly beautifully. Plants such as the lady’s mantle, catnip and the Astrantia are also suitable. Visually impaired or blind people are more likely to enjoy a fragrant herb garden, a bird house with chirping birds or a buzzing insect hotel. There is something for everyone to think of.
3. Customize your garden
Be creative if you have difficulty walking, bending or sitting in a wheelchair. You can easily make a raised container in which you can still garden. Do not make these containers wider than about 60 centimetres, so that you can also reach the rear plants. Or how about a pile of small bins on top of each other? Use for example planks, stone or crates. Make sure that it is a stable construction and that water can still escape. Wide edges are also a solution: you can lose material on them or lean on them for a while.
4. Using tools
Purchase handy tools that save your back, avoid bending and/or allow you to garden with one hand. Take, for example, a rake, shovel or transplant shovel with a longer stem, so that you put less strain on your back. A kneeling mat or bench can also be useful, as can a special garden stool on wheels. You can find these tools in various garden centres, home care shops and webshops. If you want to find out more, visit Tree Surgeon in Rochester and Chatham