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I often think about Disabled Gardeners. What is the definition of disabled? Maybe you have Arthritis or Doggy Hips, walk with a cane, the Knees are not as young as your mind is. What ever the disability how do you manage to get things done? To turn the soil over and plant the seedlings then to produce such wonderful produce.

Do you have special Tools you use in the Garden? Any Hints and Tips for us. If you do I am sure we have members who would like to hear about them.

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 13, 2016 at 15:27

Hi Elaine, you can actually get in very close to the little plants as well as big. I was very surprised at how smoothly it glides across the dirt and when you pull back it brings the top of the weeds back with it when using it in the dirt. I can't see a problem with using it in the wicking bed as you only use it on the top of bed you don't dig in with it, you would have to watch the sides if plastic lined. And yes it is very sharp and that is why it has a plastic cover that clips onto the tool when not in use.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 12, 2016 at 22:43

Wicked looking blade! Would work well on flat surfaces but not around existing small plants growing in a sheet-plastic lined bed :-(.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 12, 2016 at 19:37

I have bought myself the New Burgon and Ball Weed Slice and it is Fantastic. I use it in the garden as well as in the Pebbles and Paths. I really would recommend it.

How is everyone coping with Gardening in Winter? Any Suggestion?

Comment by Roger Clark on May 2, 2016 at 7:53

Yes Dianne,

 We did get a little rain yesterday. It gave us the opportunity to burn off some tree wastage. I will use the resulting ash on my Figs and Avocado's to raise the PH. 

It's good to see that you are really getting stuck into the garden. I too get a lot of satisfaction out of a days hard work in the garden. Some jobs are a bit daunting at first, but once a start has been made, there's no stopping until it's done!!  

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 1, 2016 at 9:54

Roger it has started raining here so I hope the same cloud is over your place.

I have been pruning yesterday and early this morning (yes in the rain), and what a sight I must have been. Sitting on my milk crate trying to trim trees on the footpath area garden with long handle loppers. With the help of the trunk of the trees and the bigger branches I was able to put one lopper handle on the branch or trunk and one in my hand with me pushing like mad, but the job is done and I feel really good. I only had to call Graham a couple of times to do the bigger branches or to get my stick for me that I had left quite a way back. Disabled or not.

Where there's a will there's a way.......

Comment by Roger Clark on May 1, 2016 at 7:37

Nearly all my garden beds are raised - baths, laundry tubs, etc. This means that I can garden at a comfortable height, with out having to bend over too much. I got a raised bed as a present a couple of years ago and while it makes for easy gardening, it took an enormous amount of soil to fill it up. were it not for the raised nature of my garden beds I wold find it very difficult to keep up with the maintenance needed. Of course the raised beds also give me a good depth of soil and allow me to build up the water retention capability of my sandy, hydrophobic soil.  Ideally I would make more of my garden beds, wicking beds, but now that they are in place (and this happened well before the wicking idea came to the fore), It would require a huge amount of work to change the status quo. As I head towards even older age, I am glad that I am still able to shovel, dig, and use a wheelbarrow. It keeps me relatively fit, and happy.

Comment by Lissa on April 28, 2016 at 19:18

Bail out = reduce the load in aged care. 

Love the story of the crate Dianne :)

Comment by Dianne Caswell on April 28, 2016 at 9:16

I bail out very much the same as you Elaine. I am having a break for breakfast but at the moment I am planting out seedlings and I do it by sitting on a Milk Crate with a cushion on it, if I have to move I just put the crate over top of other plants and move along. It works well for me except that I often forget where I have put my stick and it is up there when I started, so I have to wiggle the crate back to where I started. If only we had a camera on us whilst we are working we would all have a good laugh.

I am with you Dave I like mid size handled tools myself and Burgon and Ball, Sneeboer and DeWit all have a good range.

Lissa, I bought a great cart from Bunnings a few years ago, it is grey, has heavy cast plastic wheels, and best of all I can put my potting mix in it and with a board across the top and sitting on my milk crate can do my potting up.

Back to work now as I only have 2 days left of the Full Moon period to do what I want to.

Comment by Christa on April 28, 2016 at 9:05

Ditto to what Elaine said.   We have found that getting bags of soils etc up high enough to handle them or empty them is the answer.  We have a long flat tray trolley with large pneumatic wheels and a pull handle, which is very helpful. You need wide level paths for this to work.   Lightweight long garden tools are a help.   When your body restricts the things you can do, then it comes down to paying someone to do the difficult things for you. Little jobs often is the answer for us and not worrying about the tidiness and just being happy watching things grow, regardless of our restrictions, and thinking of them as achievements.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 28, 2016 at 7:02

One thing I do a lot of these days is bail out. Bags of potting mix or compost or manures … getting harder to move them. Then lifting them up to put on the elevated garden beds is a bit beyond me. So I bail out with either a large scoop or an old plastic bowl. Put the contents into plastic buckets then tip onto the garden bed. As for those small but incredibly heavy bags of rock minerals, bailing out is the only option as it is for Gypsum.

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