You will probably need a professional to help you engineer some of the above enabling garden methods, but there are also things you can do that don’t require a professional landscape designer.
ä Consider better quality hand tools made for children, which usually have shorter, padded handles. These types of tools might be easier to grasp and less likely to cause wrist pain.
ä Today’s selection of plants offers myriad choices of smaller varieties, not only in flowers, but in vegetables as well. Choose varieties that are easy to reach and harvest, and that have interesting textures and fragrance.
ä Create rest areas within the garden using benches with arm rests and foot stools.
My thanks to Ruth Leo, Pine Township, for suggesting a worthy topic for this week’s article. Some of the information I used was taken from Ruth’s “Garden For Life” series of informational sheets produced by the Horticultural Therapy Services of the Chicago Botanic Garden (www.chicagobotanic.org/therapy).
T.C. Conner is a Master Gardener and columnist for Allied News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out his blog at http://the writegardener.blogspot.com.