Gardening can be a very soothing and stress-relieving hobby, but gardening may cause some trouble for anyone with arthritis. If you are someone who loves to garden, but can’t seem to do it because of the joint pain from arthritis, these tips could work for you.
If you are having a hard time crouching down to plant, plant vertically! Wall gardens can be easily maintained while standing or even sitting. You can buy a pre-made one or check out Pinterest to craft your own.
If it’s difficult to grip, invest in tools with a soft, wide grip or handles.
If the pots are too heavy to carry around, choose containers that are light-weight and made from foam or plastic. If that isn’t an option, carrying and loading pots onto a cart with wheels can work, too.
If reaching is difficult for you, place your plants on an elevated surface such as a counter top, windowsill or table.
Another approach to gardening if you have arthritis is to let others help. If you need to ask a neighbor, family member or even hired help to re-soil your garden or to do some limb trimming, do it! You might not be able to do everything, and asking for help can relieve stress, joint pain and make gardening as enjoyable as possible.