So it’s finally happening: you’ve got a whole day ahead of you to spend in the garden. The hours stretch out in front of you, you know what tasks you’re doing, and you’ve been anticipating this day for weeks now. You grab your gardening gloves, plans for beautiful blooms firmly in your mind, step outside and –
Hold up a second there.
The idea is wonderful. The reality of doing it, however, is not going to be wonderful if you don’t take steps to make it so. If you don’t often have the chance to garden, it can be easy to forget the various problems it can cause. Your memory fades of the blips, inconveniences and all the times you had to run back into the house to grab something you’d forgotten.
So rather than going through that as an exercise in a painful reminder, make sure you’ve got everything from the get-go. Pack yourself back of the essentials for any long day spent with a trowel in hand and the earth beneath your fingers; just make sure it’s including the following:
Even the fittest gardener is going to experience some discomfort. There’s a lot of repetitive motion in the job, such as twisting a hoe or a repeated up-and-down weeding motion. So rather than have your work cut short by the ache in your thighs and wrists, have a few over-the-counter painkillers to hand so you can cut the problem off before it takes hold.
Of course, this is optional if you fancy being a free buffet for every creepy crawler that might cross your path – but we’re going to venture that’s not in your plans. You can use a store-bought brand, though they are not without their issues. Why not try making your own? There are plenty of recipes, including https://backyardville.com/natural-mosquito-repellent/, which has all the advice you could need if you’re a first-time DIY-er.
If you’re going to be dealing with anything with the potential to scratch you (which let’s face it; you probably are) then a good gardener’s salve could come to your rescue. Not only can it prevent pain, but it can also help seal the wound. Again, you have the choice of store-bought or DIY. If you want to DIY, then https://wellnessmama.com/55846/gardeners-hand-salve-recipe/ is a great option.
Gardening makes for thirsty work, so make sure you take a bottle of water out with you. Extra points if you use a reusable non-plastic bottle for the job.
Even if much of the work you’re planning is going to be in the shade, you should be layering on the sunscreen. Most of us know how important this step is, but we still don’t do it, so don’t make the same mistake. This is one it’s best not to DIY on, though; the issue is simply too serious to take the risk of making an error on.
Now you’re set – happy gardening!