Tips on gardening
My potting shed not only has a bench for standing at to rest my arms on, but now has a small folding table (that my potting tray fits on) and a lower folding chair, so I can sit down for longer jobs like pricking seedlings out.
I think Arthritis Research UK’s four Ps are very good – Pacing, Problem-solving, Planning and Prioritising – especially the first two if you want to adapt to gardening with arthritis. Happy pottering!
Angie, via Facebook
Read more about the four P's.
I’ve recently bought an aqua spray gun for my hose pipe. As I have bad arthritis in my hands, the normal spray gun with a trigger was a pain (literally) to use.
This has a 'lever' on the top to regulate the flow, and then just relax. It has all the normal choice of sprays. I have no link whatsoever with the manufacturers. Just a very satisfied customer. They're found at www.crest-garden.com
John, via email
My biggest tip for gardening when you have arthritis is to invest in good tools, like a dandelion plucker, with extended handles.
I also have a number of different height decks that I can sit on to get access to built-in flower beds and pots.
Judith, via Facebook
Carrying out tasks in the garden
Keep changing the chores you're doing to give your joints different actions. This stops prolonged use of any one joint.
Caroline, via Facebook
Find out more about looking after your joints.
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