Mark’s 10 tips for eas­ier gar­den­ing

Gardeners' World - - Gardening For All -

1 Use a camp­ing ta­ble to sit at when plant­ing and sow­ing. 2 Find a shady spot out of the wind to sow seeds. Use a bull­dog clip to hold seed pack­ets in place. 3 De­cant com­post or gravel into smaller bags to place on your ta­ble and use a scoop to pre­vent spills. 4 Pace your­self. Use an egg timer and work for just five min­utes then take a break and re­peat. In­crease the time un­til you find your ideal work pe­riod. 5 Long-han­dled tools are great if you can’t bend or kneel eas­ily. Or fix a trowel or fork to a pole with ca­ble ties. 6 Light­weight tools are eas­ier for long jobs. Try one out in a shop first. 7 Er­gonomic tools, such as se­ca­teurs with ro­tat­ing han­dles or curved han­dles can be more com­fort­able. 8 Use pots if a raised bed isn’t pos­si­ble. To re­duce a pot’s weight, fill half of it with poly­styrene then add soil. Raise a planted pot by plac­ing on an up­turned pot. 9 Use tub­ing to sow seeds in borders or veg patches to avoid bend­ing. Cut a length to suit your stand­ing/seated height then drop each seed down the tube into a plant­ing hole made with a cane or pole. 10 Use tar­mac paths for wheel­chairs – they’re rel­a­tively cheap to lay and now come in many colours. Self-bind­ing gravel is a smarter but pricier op­tion.

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