How To Have A Body Friendly Garden When Your Hurting

Last year was the first year that I didn’t have a garden due to an injury.  This year, I’m re-designing my urban backyard garden, because unfortunately, I am still have some body aches and pains.  Here’s some ideas that I think will work for me below:

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Since bending over can be a real problem for my lower back, I am going to bring some of my plants upwards and off the ground.  I have found some really cool planters online, and some DIY ideas that maybe my hubby and I just might try, like these DIY Small Space Garden Ideas we’ve tried in the past.  I’m really digging these ideas below: 

Elevated Cedar Planter Box and Space-Maker Pivoting Trellis Set


Hip height gardening seems to be a where I’m gravitating to lately, and I really like the above planter with the trellis.  We could save some money, and customize one for ourselves, and here’s a video from Lowes Home Improvement for some inspiration.  




I could always add in my own trellis with possibly a wooden lattice or pig wire,  Hmmmmm, the creative juices are flowing.     


Rolling Self-Watering Tomato Planter and Tomato Tower Support



I love that you can roll this planter to wherever you need it, because sometimes your plants may or may not need as much sun.  It’s definitely a thumbs up for us back sufferers too.



Build a Rolling Raised Garden Bed


                                                  image courtesy of @ BHG


Sunnydaze Garden Cart Rolling Scooter


Sunnydaze Garden Cart Rolling Scooter

Sunnydaze Garden Cart Rolling Scooter


At first you might feel like you can move and groove in your garden, but trust me you’re gonna get tired.  This heavy-duty rolling gardening cart will come in handy when you need to take a seat.  It’s available on E-Bay $95


Garden Tools Set



And for goodness sakes, have all of your gardening tools right by your side.  This gardening tool set has it all and it’s made from aluminum so no more rusting of your tools.  Amazon $40

50ft Garden Expandable Water Hose 




This is my #1 tip when it comes to gardening and physical ailments.  Get a high quality expandable hose that easy to lift and move around, trust me your back will love you for it.  Plus, it shrinks right back up when your done with it, which means it’s easy to put back up.  LOVE this hose.

So, there you go, these are the ideas I am looking forward to either trying or buying this spring, and If any of you out there are having a hard time with body aches and pains, I hope that you get well soon.  Happy Gardening Everyone!

DIY Small Space Garden Design Ideas

When I first bought my home over 10 years ago, the last thing I thought about was putting a garden in the back yard.  In fact, the majority of my yard is a huge concrete patio, which at the time was great, because it meant less grass to cut!  🙂  But, over the years, the gardening bug had gotten a hold of me, and with the help of my hubby, I found some super DIY small space garden design ideas, that have brought a fully functional garden into my backyard.  Below is a timeline of my garden design ideas, which I hope will inspire some of you to also become a fellow green thumb and make “growing your own” a part of your lifestyle.  Gardening has helped my family and I afford fresh produce, which not only tastes the best, but is a great way to stay healthy for less.


Patio Backyard



My very first year of gardening, I bought some huge planters and grew some tomatoes, green peppers, and herbs.  Seriously, it couldn’t get any easier, but I wanted to grow more, so that I could can my garden goodies for the winter months.  So, the following year my hubby and I took advantage of some flat area space right behind my house, and we built three raised bed gardens.

Raised Garden Beds


We also added some wooden trellises to the ends of our raised garden beds, which allowed us to grow vertically and add more veggies such as beans, cucumbers, and squash.


Garden Beds

Below, are some ways that we found ways to grow veggies and herbs on our patio.  First up, is our pallet beds.

Pallet Beds

A friend of mine found this huge pallet box on the side of the road, and I converted it into another planter, it’s below my DIY herb planter.  Check out the swiss chard that grows like crazy in it.   🙂

Swiss Chard

And finally, I wanted a way to walk right outside by back door and add fresh oregano, basil, mint, cilantro, or dill to my daily meals.   So, we built a DIY Herb Planter.


Herb Planter Decor

DIY Herb Planter Shelf



I hope that you can see how much fun gardening can be, and if you would like to see what has come out of my garden click here

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I just took a new, FREE online mini-class called, “Transform Your Garden Design” from Craftsy.   I’m not going to tell you all the super ideas that Rebecca Sweet shares, but if you feel like you need some guidance in taking your garden design to the next level this class is for you.  


Transform Your Garden Design




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  • More than an hour of close-up instruction
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