Story by Joanne K., Pitt County Arboretum Extension Master Gardener Volunteer
Oh, my aching back! My creaky knees! This tool hurts my hand!
The litany of gardening aches is universal, and with the arrival of spring and planting season, the pain chorus sings loudly.
The following suggestions are from the University of California, Davis.
Certainly envisioning a simpler garden is one step to take. Instead of planting annual beds, replace them with perennials and shrubs that, once established, will require minimal care.
Select shrubs that require little or no pruning. Plant tough perennials that can withstand our summer heat and occasional droughts without missing a beat.
Don't be afraid to ask for help from younger family members, or perhaps look into getting some paid help for the heavier tasks.
More suggestions for adapting your garden can be found at UC Davis at https://ucanr.edu/sites/cetrinityucdavisedu/files/280231.pdf
Once you start implementing these suggestions into your gardening routine, you'll never look back. And your body will thank you!
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