Accessible Gardening

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  1. Gardening Handicap tools and seats
  2. Picking up leaves
  3. planning a sensory garden for the blind
Asked by Treva garden on March 23, 2016
Gardening Handicap Tools and Seats

I have arthritis in my wrists, hands, shoulders and back. What tools and benches are good for handicaps? Need a small, low bench to sit close to ground but not on it (about 8 to 12 inches high). Kneeling pads are too hard to get up off of and hard on the knees.

ANSWERS
Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

There are many different tools and supplies available for gardeners who need assistance for working in the garden.
Search for 'adaptive gardening tools' on Google for sources.
Here are some great articles that will help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/accessible/gardening-with-disabilities.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/accessible/building-table-gardens.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/accessible/adaptive-gardening-tools.htm

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Asked by bigmur on April 23, 2016
Picking Up Leaves

I have Osteoarthritis in my left hip and I am starting to have trouble standing and bending to pick up the leaves and petals which have fallen from my prize rose bushes.

I carry an outdoor chair around with me, which I sit in to garden. Of course, this means I am still bending forward and reaching out with my hands down to pick up the debris.

I am looking for some kind of a light tool with a long reach so I can do this work without needing to bend so much. My wife got me a long reach device with a movable grip at the end which is great for picking up stems when I do my pruning but for small leaves it’s no good.

I would be very thankful for any ideas on this subject.

Thanks,
Murrat

ANSWERS
melvin kozak

Get a leaf blower blow them away from the roses on to the lawn and run your mower over them they make good fertilizer

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Asked by Triartz on February 15, 2017
Planning a Sensory Garden for the Blind

I would like suggestions about planning a sensory garden for the blind. Also, if you know people and gardens to visit in Oregon and Washington that have done this.

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