Gardening Tools For The Elderly – Oh, My Aching Knees!
I’ve never really given much thought to gardening tools for the elderly as my parents were much too busy running their College Park, MD bar (Town Hall) during most of my life. But, that all changed last Saturday with the death of my dear father.
Now, as I go about creating the memorial garden for Dad, I find my hands hurting from holding the regular gardening equipment. Ergonomic gardening equipment is the only thing that helped!
So, off I went to purchase gardening tools for the elderly – aka, me….
Note: If you have an elderly loved one who enjoyed gardening but is not able to garden on their own, you might consider my article about my Aerogrow indoor garden. I have fresh herbs and little tomatoes all year round!
Raised Garden Beds Make Gardening Fun Again For The Elderly
I first saw these wonderful raised garden beds at the rehab where Mom was recovering from her broken hip. These raised garden beds are great for the elderly as the garden planters have legs so that brings the gardens up to your elderly loved one. And, they’re much easier to tend than garden plots, especially for those with arthritis or any kind of joint pain. They’re also absolutely perfect to raise tasty herbs; variety is the spice of life (sorry….).
These raised garden beds come in varying heights so there’s one for everyone – even those who are in wheelchairs can now recreate the garden patch of their youth.
Gronomics EGB 34-48S Elevated Garden Bed, 34-Inch by 48-Inch by 32-Inch, FinishedGronomics REGB 24-48 24-Inch by 48-Inch by 30-Inch Rustic Elevated Garden Bed, UnfinishedCedarCraft Cascading Garden Planter – 3 TierGronomics RPB 18 – 48 18-Inch by 48-Inch by 19-Inch Rustic Planter Box, UnfinishedCedarCraft Elevated Garden Planter 23″ X 49″ X 30″Arboria EZ Plant Elevated Garden
Rolling Garden Scooter With Garden Storage And Seat
My local Costco has these rolling garden scooters with a seat, and, if I’d been bright, I would have bought one.
Designed to carry all of your gardening supplies, this garden scooter also serves as a nice, comfortable seat when your elderly loved one gets tired. The seat is also helpful for senior citizens who are sowing seeds or even pulling weeds with a long-handled tool.
I especially like the fact that I can store all items I need, such as osmocote plant fertilizer, and Miracle Grow water saving crystals. I also keep a few extra pairs of gloves stored and ready for gardening, seed packets, and even a Bluetooth speaker so I can have my tunes as I work in my garden.
Pure Garden 75-MJ2011 20Sunnydaze Green Rolling Garden Cart with Steering Handle, Swivel Seat & BasketSuncast Portable Rolling Garden Tool Scooter w/Seat Cup Holder Basket & StrapsCreative Motion Garden Decorative Sit On Garden Tool CartStep2 Garden HopperAmes Lawn Buddy Lawn Cart – 1123047100
Garden Kneeling Benches
As I mentioned, my knees were not pleased with my gardening plans – that is, until I bought one of these garden kneeling benches. Oh my gosh! What a difference in my knees that evening. No creaking, no popping, and, best of all, no difficult standing or sitting.
These garden kneeling benches are very versatile. I love the fact that it can be used in both the elevated position or, flipped over. Instant kneeling gardening position with the benefit of having handles on the sides to help your elderly loved one back up.
Yard Butler Gks2 Garden Kneeler And Seat Reduces Strain OnOhuhu Garden Kneeler and Seat with Bonus Tool PouchPortable Multiuse Folding Garden Kneeling Bench and Seat, 53D4Outsunny Folding Garden Kneeler/Kneeling Bench Chair, GreenFoldable Garden Kneeler SeatFoldable Garden Kneeler Seat with Garden Pouch
If your elderly loved one is a die-hard gardener and poo-poos the idea of using a gardening cart with a seat or a kneeling gardening bench, he or she surely won’t object to one of these very cool garden carts, especially the little red wagon.
Little red wagons were one thing that my Mom (growing up very poor) had to play with. As she told it, she’d spend a lot of time with her Dad in the garden helping him tote his tools and produce to and from the house. And, she used her little red wagon to do it.
So, no need to carry a heavy gardening tote which might impact your elderly friend’s balance. Instead, these little wagons are the perfect gardening tool to roll out to the garden for those who like to have their tools by their side. And, as a side benefit, you might get one more story out of your elderly loved one about their own little red wagon.
Radio Flyer Classic Red WagonGorilla Carts GOR866D Heavy-Duty Garden Poly Dump Cart with 2-In-1 Convertible Handle, 1,200-Pound Capacity, 40-Inch by 25-Inch Bed, Black FinishFarm & Ranch FR110-2 Steel Utility Garden Cart with Folding Sides, 400-Pound Capacity, 34-Inches by 18-InchesABO Gear Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon Garden Cart Shopping Buggy Yard Beach Cart BlueVonHaus All Terrain Heavy Duty Garden Cart – 770lbs Load Capacity, Folding Sides and 10-inch Off-Road TiresMac Sports Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon Garden Cart Shopping Beach Blue
Ergonomic Gardening Tools Perfect For Those With Arthritic Hands
On top of my knees weeping for a break, my hands and wrists were killing me from too much gardening with not the right tools. So, off to Amazon I wandered and came up with a shopping cart full of great gardening tools for those with hand problems.
So, below are my findings. Most are right now in my wish list.
Since ergonomic garden tools are usually adapted to those with problems with their hands, like arthritis, carpal tunnel, or joint problems, gardening is much less painful making it much more enjoyable.
Radius Garden 5-Piece Purple Ergonomic Hand Tool Set, Includes Trowel, Transplanter, Weeder, Cultivator, and ScooperMultipurpose Garden Hand Trowel Reinvented the Ergonomic Pain-Free Shovel Perfect for Gardeners with Rheumatoid Arthritis Lifetime Money Back GuaranteePruners, Ratchet Pruning Shears, Garden Tool, For Weak Hands, Best Gardening Gift, Anvil StyleRadius Garden 106-Green Ergonomic Aluminum Scooper, GreenRadius Garden 102-Blue Ergonomic Aluminum WeederRadius Garden 103-Pink Ergonomic Aluminum Hand Cultivator, PinkHand-E Garden Trowel – Garden Guru Lawn and Garden Tools – Stainless Steel – Heavy Duty – Ergonomic Grip – Perfect Small Shovel for Weeding, Planting and DiggingFiskars Deluxe Stand-up Weeder (4-claw)Radius Garden 202 PRO Ergonomic Stainless Steel Shovel