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Physical strain whilst gardening

Hi All,
I am commencing an A-level Design Technology project and would like to gather some information about physical strain in gardening.
My final plan would supposedly be an item to make gardening easier, this information is very valuable in the development of the project. all I ask is for you to answer the three questions that are below
many thanks

  1. Do you ever feel physical strain or aches while gardening, if so what?
  2. Any problems with the tools that you use?
  3. What is the longest and most tedious job that you do in the garden?


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,287
    1. No, I stop while I’m winning.

    2. Not me, but I know a left handed person who always has problems with tools because so many are designed for right handed people.

    3. Replacing soil and the plants that the mole, the rabbit and the badger have dug up and thrown around in my flowerbeds.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,562
    edited May 2022
    1. Sometimes, but usually when I've done too much. Just need to finish one more job before I stop.....
    2. I'm very picky about what tools I buy because I'm on the short side (not tiny by any means, just smidge below the average for a British adult woman) and I have small hands, so handles of spades and forks are often too long and hand grips too big and too thick for comfort. These days I won't buy it if it's not suitable so I don't have problems with the tools that I use, but more choice when I need to replace something would be nice.
    3. Today I spent the better part of an hour trying to lever a fence panel back into place after next door's large early-teens children and their mates had clouted it so hard that it had been pushed out of the slot in the concrete post and jammed down beside the gravel board. That was tedious. Lawn edging can be tedious but it's easier since I bought a little battery-powered clipper. Pricking out seedlings is time-consuming when I have a lot but I wouldn't say tedious exactly. Pressure-washing the drive and paths when they've got mucky and slippery is tedious right enough but is outdoor housework not gardening.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,461
    1.Often. Depends on what I am doing. I like to push myself, but I listen to my body too and don't push too far.
    2. No. I use the same, tried and tested, reliable, old friends.
    3. Trying to get rid of ground elder. Thankless and never ending.
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