Garden Tools, Gardening, How To, Planters, Primrose Gardens, Primrose.co.uk, Zoe

Gardening From Wheelchair

Before starting my job as a Marketing Executive at Primrose, I spent four years working as a domiciliary care worker. It was during these years I learnt about the phenomenal difference a garden made to my client’s lives, and how important it is to have a wheelchair friendly garden. I spent many hours wandering my clients’ gardens hearing about the progress they had made and learnt a lot about gardening myself from their advice. I’ve seen first-hand how watching a garden grow improved the mood of my clients, and I’m sure all gardeners can agree there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the results from all your hard work when flowers bloom, fruit appears or the bumble bees come stumbling in.

It is so important then that everybody has the opportunity to garden independently, whether you have had greenfingers your whole life or decided to give it a try for the first time. Gardening presents a huge array of benefits and the light exercise of pottering in your garden has been proven to burn more calories than a gym session – and you save on that membership fee! There has also been significant research to suggest gardening dramatically improves your mental health and self-esteem…weeding doesn’t sound so bad now does it?

However, gardening with a disability is far from easy and the lack of wheelchair friendly garden products can certainly be frustrating. I have been researching ways you can make your garden wheelchair friendly so you can adapt your garden and make the most of your outdoor space!

You can also head over to our Disabled Gardening category on the Primrose website

Wheelchair Friendly Greenhouses

For serious gardeners, a greenhouse is a must. A greenhouse gives you the ability to grow plants and get results you ordinarily would not be able to, especially with the uncertainty of the British weather! It also gives you the opportunity to shelter your plants and yourself from any nasty weather meaning you get some extra time to tend to your plants, and who doesn’t want that?

Finding a wheelchair friendly greenhouse need not be difficult as long as you take proper measurements and research the greenhouse thoroughly. Don’t just take into account the space in your garden but also consider the space you need to be able to work comfortably, because you might be spending a lot of time in there.

Things to consider when looking for the perfect wheelchair friendly greenhouse:

  •         Check the width of the doors to the greenhouse and make sure your chair will be able to fit through easily when entering and exiting.
  •         Make sure there is no threshold (small step at the base of the greenhouse) which will be difficult to get over safely in your chair.
  •         Height of internal shelves: make sure if your greenhouse comes with shelving that it is at a height you can reach comfortably.

If you keeping these requirements in mind it should be easy to find a greenhouse that is perfect for you, have a look at our wheelchair friendly greenhouses that also come in different colours to see if you can find the greenhouse of your dreams!

Wheelchair Friendly Greenhouse

Raised Beds

Another way you may wish to adapt your garden may be through the use of raised beds. Raised beds minimise risk by saving you from bending down to care for your plants, which would otherwise strain your back. However, make sure to thoroughly research which raised bed is going to be best for you based on your individual capability; raised beds are fantastic but they can also be difficult when you have to reach across them to tend to your plants. Think about a height that is going to work best, as well as the shape and the depth in regards to what will be most comfortable for you.

Raised beds are also a great option if you have poor quality soil due to the increased depth which makes good quality aerated soil for your plants.  Isolating these plants also means you have the benefit of fewer weeds, and less pests! Raised beds are also renowned for improved drainage, which can be either a good or a bad thing depending on the situation, but does definitely mean more watering in the summer months which could become a burden.

Raised Beds

Garden Tracking

If you have a grass garden you might find that buying some roll out garden tracking may really help you get across your garden. Garden track can help to disguise uneven grounding and gravel that typically make gardening in your chair more difficult. Clip in tracking can be extended as much as required for your convenience, or you can buy specialist wheelchair garden tracking for this purpose. Tracking is particularly good to use in bad weather too, and can be rolled up to be stored away easily until you need it next.

Garden Tracking

Garden Tools

Finding good garden tools is an essential for any disabled gardener and there is a huge range online that have been adapted to make gardening jobs much easier; so be sure to shop around for what tools will make life easier for you personally.

In general, it’s great to have lightweight tools with wide handles. Not only will these help you with having a better grip, but it means you will be able to spend longer on gardening tasks without the tools becoming too heavy.
Without a doubt though, the most important tools when gardening in a wheelchair are those with extended arms which save you from bending too far. It’s possible to get a wide range of tools with extendable arms on the internet from grippers, sheers, weed burners and much more.

Gardening Tools

Potting Bench

One way to save yourself from constant bending is to have a potting station in your garden so you can get on with gardening jobs such as; potting and looking after cuttings and seedlings. They are also great for storage and hiding your tools and pots you’re not currently using. Make sure to check the measurements of the workstation so you find one that is the best height for you.
It’s also worth considering using lightweight planters for planting in future, as these will make it a lot easier to manoeuvre the pot in your garden and save a lot of strain on your back when you need to re-position it. There are a wide range of lightweight planters now on the market that still have an authentic look so it’s worth having a look to find some pots that suit your garden’s style.

Potting Table

 

My last bit of advice is seemingly simple; keep your garden neat and organised! Not only will this make your garden appear tidier, but it is also very important to help prevent accidents. By having an organised garden with proper storage solutions you can give each tool a place and ensure you always know where to find it!
If you have any more advice on how to create a more wheelchair friendly garden please do get in touch, and I hope everyone enjoys their gardens now we’re entering the Spring!

Zoe at PrimroseZoë works in the Marketing team at Primrose, and is passionate about all things social media.

After travelling across Europe and Asia, Zoë is intrigued by different cultures and learning more about the world around her. If she’s not jet setting, Zoë loves nothing more than curling up with a good book and a large glass of red wine!

She is an amateur gardener but keen to learn more and get stuck in!

See all of Zoë’s posts.

Amie, Primrose.co.uk, Valentine's Day

Special man in your life? Wonderful woman worthy of your affection?  We’ve the top gifts for lovers!

No matter what the occasion or who the recipient, we’ve something for everyone from water features to companion seats, roses to candles – brighten up a loved one’s day and reap the rewards afterwards… with a gorgeous garden!

Here’s our top six gifts for you!

Smart Solar Dancing Couple Solar Powered Bird Bath Water Feature

Smart Garden Artificial Topiary Heart

Smart Garden Heart of Hearts Garden Mirror

Emily Love Seat Companion Seat

Ultimate Grow Your Own Gift Kit Herbs, Stir-Fry Veg & Chilli Collection – 3 Packs Included

Ease Those Achy Muscles Gift Bag

These are just some of our great gift ideas, we’ve over 10,000 gift ideas online at primrose.co.uk, and with most products coming with next day delivery, there’s something for everyone!

Show us what you plan to do this Valentine’s Day!

We’d love to see your ideas and photos so send them in:

  • Email photos@primrose.co.uk
  • Tweet us @PrimroseUK
  • Facebook us @ facebook.com/Primrose.co.uk

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes burger reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

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Amie, Gardening, Heated Clothing, Primrose.co.uk

Heat packs – the most underrated heating accessory that is guaranteed to keep you warm this winter.

These useful little heat packs are the ideal way to keep warm on the go and maximise warmth. Simply shake and pop in pockets or gloves for a quick and portable source of heat – it really is as simple as that. However, they’re hugely understated and their versatility means they can be utilised for a range of activities. We’ve chosen a few of our favourites below for you.

  1. Football game
    Standing in the crowd on a cold day, these are a life safer for popping in your pockets or gloves and keeping your fingers from falling off.
  2. Fishing
    Sitting on the windy shore, wrapped up warm, these help to get a firm hold of your rod – rumour has it wearing heat pads brings you in an extra large cod for supper.
  3. Fireworks
    It’s often really chilly when we chose to stand outside in awe of the lights, so give yourself some extra warmth.
  4. Walking the dog
    When Scooby wants a run in the snow, you need to keep warm (and it’s not like you have a thick layer of fur).
  5. Snowboarding
    Not much beats hitting the white stuff on the slopes, but it can be pretty cold so layer up.
  6. Romantic walks
    When the snow is falling, there’s nothing more romantic than a walk, but why not hold your lovers hand with an extra bit of warmth and spice?
  7. Camping
    Whether you’re sat around a campfire, or cosying in your sleeping bag for breakfast, heat packs help keep you extra warm.
  8. Gardening
    Now is the perfect time to start planning how you want your garden to look this summer. Don’t be afraid to get out there now and get mucky.
    de-weed your garden

Next time you’re doing one of the following activities, just think about picking up a little packet of warmth and you’ll have yourself thinking why you never encountered them before!

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

Amie, Heated Clothing, Primrose.co.uk

The winter is nearing, and the nights are darkening. The temperatures are plummeting and  the snow will soon be falling. Whether you’re tucked up in bed, or out for a scenic walk, we’ve all been there where our feet feel as though they’re close to dropping off. So we’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to keep your feet warm.

winter-boots

  1. Place heated inner soles into your shoes
    Great for when you’re heading outdoors, heated insoles add an extra layer of warmth for inside your shoe. Many heated insoles provide a heating element running down the entire length of the insole meaning your whole foot will be kept toasty, even those pinkies prone to the cold.

    What’s better is heated insoles will often fit into any shoe as they are easily trimmed down to size.

  2. Layer up with socks
    Whether you’re tucked up in front of the TV, or you’ve ventured out for an explore, choosing the right socks can benefit the warmth of your feet greatly. There are socks on the market with external heating elements (battery heated/ heat packs) which provide a gradual warmth to your legs and feet. These are a great option if you’re skiing, hiking or walking as they provide extra warmth in colder conditions.

    Alternatively, cosy thermal socks are great for lounging around the house and help maintain core body temperature also. They’re also perfect for long-term use, with very little maintenance or hassle.

    It’s important here that you don’t wear socks that are either too tight, or that don’t fit comfortably if you’re wearing shoes as this can cut off circulation to your toes.

  3. Put your slippers in the microwave
    You heard right. Cozy Body slippers are microwavable, and in only two minutes, you can benefit from instant warmth and relaxation. A short term solution, they are ideal for those cold mornings when making a brew or late evenings after a bath.

    With Christmas around the corner, they make a great gift too! (I will admit I did buy my Nan a pair and she loves them).

  4. Massage your feet
    Who’d have guessed that a soothing foot massage would improve circulation to your feet? Aiding blood flow, a massage helps to circulate the blood to even the nippy toes.

    Next time you have cold feet, nudge your boyfriend or girlfriend, and blame the cold!

  5. Top up with soups and stews
    With winter around the corner, forget the salads and ice cream and turn your attention to warm, heart foods. Stews, soups, vegetables, potatoes etc will help to keep your whole body warm.

    Also, avoid the caffeine! I know a morning brew is a staple part of most people’s routine, but caffeine is a vasoconstrictor which means it limits blood flow around the body.

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    Hopefully you’re now covered  in knowing 5 ways to keep your feet warm!

    For more tips and advice on how to keep warm this winter, we’ve a host of blog posts to read over.

    AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

    She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

    Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

 

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