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 …

Blessings

I feel so blessed to be working on my new book on adaptive gardening (no official title yet.) I feel like I’ve been waiting all my life to do this book. A lot of labor, but joyous labor. I wake up every morning totally jazzed and I cannot wait to share it with you. Here I am at work this …

Letting Go

We’ve all made this gardening mistake, at least once… It broke my heart to see my beloved fig tree being carried out of my garden. I made the ultimate mistake many gardeners will not admit to: I did NOT pay attention to the concept of “Right Plant, Right Place” when I purchased my Black Mission Fig Tree. We fell in …

They call it the Silver Tsunami

There are now 78 million baby boomers born in the United States following World War II from 1946 to 1964 who are now becoming seniors. One thing is certain: We are all going to grow older and when we age, natural changes occur in our bodies, which can make gardening more of a challenge instead of a joy. Have you …

Keep Calm and Garden On

Aging is not for sissies Are you one of millions of gardeners who has silently wondered how long you can continue gardening because of physical issues in your body? It can happen to any of us… that moment when you suddenly realize you have a ‘new norm’ of what you can no longer do, safely or comfortably in your garden. …