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If you need a greenhouse, potting shed, tool shed and cold frame, try to place them near each other. Clustering buildings saves carrying pots, compost and seed trays unnecessarily.

The lids of some glazed cold frames are very heavy to lift. A raised frame with a hinged lid covered with lightweight corrugated plastic sheeting and connected to a pulley and counterbalance weight is much safer and easier to manage.

The greenhouse

Make sure the staging in your greenhouse is at the right height – you should be able to work comfortably while sitting on a chair. You may prefer to rest your elbows and forearms on the staging while you work. If all the staging is the same height, you can slide trays along instead of lifting them.

Thermostatically controlled fan heaters, automatic vent openers and capillary watering systems can help to to provide the right growing conditions with little effort from you. You can even avoid digging the border soil by using growbags for tomatoes and cucumbers.

If you use a wheelchair, choose your greenhouse carefully. Make sure the doorways are wide enough and the thresholds low enough to fit your wheelchair through.

Garden seating

Garden seating shouldn’t be too low and should have a supportive backrest. Having seating in your garden will encourage you to pace yourself and take frequent breaks, especially if it’s placed in the areas you work in most.

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