Column: Gardening with arthritis


I was lately requested to steer a senior’s workshop on gardening with arthritis. I concept that I had some know-how of this subject matter as I have been stricken with arthritis in my arms, considering my early 40s.

Even with palms that chatter at me each day and permit me to recognize they are now not too glad for me, I can be observed most days as much as my elbows in dust digging, pulling, pruning, and weeding.

We all recognize how precious gardening is for our bodies and our minds. Gardening also helps hold flexibility and mobility. Studies keep revealing that gardening makes you sense renewed internally!

I don’t even consider what it is probably like to desperately try to get right into a lawn while dealing with a painful incapacity. I might think that having to cope with the ramifications of trying to spend time on a lawn might put a few people off doing something.


But with a little notion, planning, and some bucks, we will all enjoy our garden and the work it takes to get it how we need it.

Before taking up any task, reflect consideration on what you’ll be doing, what positions maybe wanted to perform the obligations, and the gear required that can help you. Get all that you need to be equipped earlier than beginning the tasks to hand. With the wide variety of ergonomic lawn tools and systems available, all degrees of non-disabled parents can get into their gardens comfortably with much less joint strain and physical stress.

It can be as easy as having a chair to rest once in a while or a kneeling pad to keep your knees.

Find the best manner to transport your chosen equipment around the garden, from gardening luggage, trays, and trugs to wheelbarrows and carts that can be attached to wheelchairs.

I am positive that many of you’ve got heard the announcement that an “employee is handiest as good as his/her tools.” Well, that applies for able-bodied, disabled, and in between gardeners too.

You can avoid overreaching or bending down by way of choosing tools that have long handles. Tools are available for all varieties of disabilities providing one-of-a-kind angled handle grips so parents with arthritic fingers can nonetheless garden. You can make conventional tools less complicated to handle by sliding some plumbing insulation tubing over the grip area, making it softer to handle. Even watering your vegetation may be tough with the squeeze kind hose attachments. The plumbing insulation tubing expands the location and makes it softer to grip.

There is now a whole range of gardening chairs to be had. Those that assist relax the legs, ease stresses on your knees, and wheels to make it simpler to transport about the garden. Some are designed to be folded up and carried around with you. (I use a little blue kiddie stool from Ikea when I garden). Many of the gardening chairs also have garage areas for equipment.

Raised beds offer gardeners bodily regulations to experience their preferred hobby while not having to bend, kneel or stand for a longer time period. Some of the raised beds come with seats attached and places to save lawn equipment. Many local hardware stores bring the raised vegetable trugs that can even shape on a patio or balcony.

Many gears are now to be had to restrict bending, which includes lengthy dealt with Dutch hoes, weeding tools, and planting equipment that can be achieved by just standing up.

There are some high-quality ideas online that can help those with confined abilties to assist folks with inexperienced thumbs to continue with their passion.

As a chum of mine with rheumatoid arthritis in the course of his frame says to me at the same time as we lawn at our neighborhood park, “convey a chair to the garden, take lots of rest breaks, drink masses of water and experience your lifestyles.” I love his attitude!

Lynda Pasacreta is the current president of the Richmond Garden Club. Join her on Thursday, June sixth, 1:00 – three:00pm, West Richmond Community Centre, 9180 No. 1 Road, Richmond. As part of the City of Richmond Seniors Week packages, she could be the guest speaker of a free workshop, “Gardening with Arthritis.”