It’s very easy to take mobility for granted, but in reality there are many people who are limited in some way in this respect. For example, someone might find it difficult to kneel down, perhaps because of a knee injury or arthritis. Wheelchair users will need accessible paths to make sure they can get around easily.
When it comes to gardening, you might think limited mobility would be a real challenge. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. With some forward thinking and an idea of the products that are available you might be surprised how accessible and enjoyable gardening can be.
The benefits of gardening
There are so many advantages to gardening, it would be impossible to cover them all here. For starters, you can grow your own flowers, fruit and vegetables, enhancing the space you have in many ways. Not only will your garden look lovely, you can grow your own produce to use in your kitchen on a regular basis.
It also gives you a chance to get out into the fresh air. Even when the weather isn’t brilliant, getting a blast of fresh air in the autumn or winter can wake you up and shake off the lull some people feel at that time of the year.
Additionally, there is the opportunity to get some exercise. The great thing about gardening is that you get both upper- and lower-body workouts from it. Planting, digging and weeding can all help you develop your body, even when you have limited mobility in some way.
How can gardening be made easier for those with reduced mobility?
There are many products that can help make gardening easier in this way. For example, you can consider investing in some planters, such as the Hartwood 1m deep root planter. This is set nice and high on legs, but you will also see the depth of the planter itself allows for growing things that require a little more room for the roots. A planter table from the Hartwood range can also be a good item to have. You could get several of these, since they are available in a range of colours.
If you are keen on planting up some pots and other items, a potting bench will be a great idea. These will work well for those in wheelchairs and those who find bending or kneeling down more difficult. Once again, the ever-reliable Hartwood range has some attractive potting benches that are solid and designed to make potting up easy. They will usually have a table top with a trim on the edges and at the rear that will make it less likely anything will fall off. You also often get a shelf underneath that is ideal for storing some of your surplus pots and items until you need them.
Have a look at some raised beds as well. These are perfect for situating anywhere in the garden. They can be placed on the lawn to create instant beds, or they can be put on decking or even areas with stone slabs already laid down. Providing the base is solid and level, anything like this will work.
Some raised beds are designed to be higher than others, so choose something that works for you. The Avon 5’ by 3’ double-board standard raised bed is a good example of a practical raised bed that can be used to grow all kinds of things. If you want something even higher than that, why not really make an impression with the Hartwood raised trough bed? This is very deep and has plenty of room for vegetables, many of which require more depth to grow in to accommodate their roots.
Other assorted products that might be helpful
The best way to get the most out of your garden is to think about the things you can easily do, and the things you may struggle with. For example, if you cannot kneel on the floor very easily, a kneeling pad might be all you need. On the other hand, a kneeler that can also be used as a seat might prove the better option.
If bending or sitting isn’t very easy for you and may cause pain, think about getting garden tools that allow you to work while standing up. You will need to do some weeding from time to time, but you may find this much easier with a long-handled weeder.
As you can see, there are all kinds of solutions out there – you just have to consider how to make your life in your garden much easier, and go from there. invest in some good solutions and you will be amazed at how much more you can do when you head out into the garden to tend to your home-grown plants.