THE AGING GARDENER-Part 3
Here are some suggestions about the use of TOOLS.
• Remember some of the tools you have always used will be fine, but there are many tools available that will prove much more useful now. LOOK for them! You will find: ergonomic, lightweight, long-handled, spring –released pruners and scissors, there are also “cut and hold” tools for those able to use just one hand.
• Be sure to keep the tools in good condition to avoid needless cuts, scrapes and blisters. If you get red spots after using a particular tool, stop using it or fix the tool.
• Paint tools a bright color for those with visual problems…or anyone else! That way tools will NOT be left behind in the garden.
• Be sure to have a sitting, or kneeling apparatus that gives you something to lean on when you need to get to your feet. An upturned bucket is great for this purpose, and can also be pressed in to use elsewhere if needed! A good point to remember is it is often easier to carry two buckets half full, than one bucket completely full! Remember that “scoot chairs” with wheels are very helpful for washing the car or other “low to the ground” chores.
• I got a great idea from “Alice” on-line at my web-site http://ncmg.blogspot.com/. She says, “I made a simple bag about 14 inches wide and 10 inches deep, with long ties attached at either end of the side that is open. I can tie it to the handles of the wheelbarrow and never lose the tools amongst the rubbish now.”
• ALWAYS WEAR A HAT AND GARDENING GLOVES! (Use Sunscreen.)