Mark’s 10 tips for easier gardening
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.