Garden UP with Vertical Gardening

No space? No problem. Grow your flowers and veggies up by finding inventive vertical gardening opportunities. It’s nice to know you can garden without having to bend down at all. Vertical gardening is a technique of growing plants in hanging baskets, window boxes and trellises so most of the maintenance is at waist-to-eye-level, enabling you to stand or sit to …

Re-cycle, re-use and re-purpose your pre-loved things

Any vessel that can hold soil and has drainage will work as a re-purposed container. Look in your attic or your garage to find momentos you are not ready to let go of, but all it has been doing is gathering dust. Go to garage sales to find unique, interesting objects. Make sure they are wide enough and deep enough …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Soil Scoop

This tool is my go-to for most chores in the garden because it replaces numerous other tools. And as far as I’m concerned, learning to simplify is one of the biggest goals of adaptive gardening. This Soil Scoop replaces most trowels because it has a much larger head than the standard trowel, so you can scoop more dirt with less …

Seating in the Shade

One of the not so great joys of aging is how susceptible we become to temperatures because our bodies become less efficient at regulating temperatures. This becomes a problem as temperatures rise, so does your internal body temperature when you’re exposed to direct sunlight or extremely hot environments. This is why seniors suffer from heat stroke more often than younger …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Radius Weeder

And here’s another great tool that truly is ergonomic… This is a weeder from the Radius tool line and it makes gardening easier because it is lightweight and keeps your wrist in a neutral position. All the Radius tools are great because they are guaranteed for life.

Toni’s Tool Tips | Smart Grip Gloves

I’m convinced there is a right glove for every job in the garden and my #1 favorite for the last several years is this Smart Grip Glove. First of all, it’s lightweight and made of breathable nylon that is super durable and washable. But here’s the super tip… they call it a Smart Grip because it has carbon fingertips that …

Straighten Up!

Here’s an example of the wrong way and right way to use your wrist. When choosing a new garden tool, find one that allows your wrist to be in a neutral, non-twisted position. Otherwise, when you twist your wrist to use your pruners, that repetitive movement over time can cause unnecessary pain. So straighten up!

Toni’s Tool Tips | Plasti Dip

Another way you can add more comfort to your tools is by using a product called Plasti Dip. This product can be found at most hardware stores and by dipping your tool handles in this plasticized rubber material, you will not only increase the size and comfort of the grip, but you can change the color of your grips so …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Bike Grip

How do you work in your garden with arthritis or decreased muscle strength in your hands? I went to my local bike shop and asked if they had any bike grips they were throwing away. The bike store owner gave me one and I wedged it on to the handle of the trowel, and it became a softer, cushier grip …