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Gardening and arthritis

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Protecting your joints when you're gardening

Gardening is a good form of exercise, but it can put strain on your joints. Think about using joint-protection techniques like swapping between light and heavy tasks, spreading the load when you carry items and wearing splints. Planning ahead and using a garden stool can also make the job less tiring. Read more >

Planning your garden

If you have arthritis, planning the layout of your garden and carefully selecting plants can make gardening easier. Choosing low-maintenance plants that can be left for periods of time can be helpful, and many people find having wildlife areas in their garden work well. Arranging the paths and beds can help you to reduce your risk of falling or overstretching. Read more >

Preparing the soil

There are lots of ways you can try to make digging and weeding the soil easier – you may find using different equipment helps. Stopping light getting to the soil can reduce the number of weeds you have to deal with. Read more >

The lawn

You may want to think about the layout of your lawn to make it easier to manage. Using a light-weight lawnmower will help you keep it under control. Read more >

Growing plants

Sowing seeds and planting out may be difficult if you have trouble bending down, but there are ways to get around this. Think about using raised containers or trying different types of plants. It may be useful to think about how you’ll water the garden – placing water butts around the garden or growing drought-resistant plants may help. Read more >

Growing fruit and vegetables

Growing fruit doesn’t have to be difficult if you have arthritis. You can try grafting fruit tress onto dwarfing rootstocks and trying ways to make picking the fruit easier. For vegetables, using growbags or the deep-bed method can help. Read more >

Garden buildings and furniture

If you need a greenhouse, potting shed, tool shed and cold frame, try to place them near each other. Garden seating will encourage you to take rests when you need to. Read more >

Hedges and fences

When you have arthritis, you may want to think about planting easy-to-manage borders and hedges. Using different tools to prune them may also be helpful. Read more >

Where can I find out more about gardening when I have arthritis?

This section includes details of organisations that can provide more information on gardening when you have arthritis, including equipment suppliers. Read more >
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