Back problems and gardening
Hi! Am new to gardenweb, and found this topic. I am a nurse, and have had back problems off and on for years. Have been off work for 3 weeks, and am feeling discouraged about being able to garden and still keep my job. I LOVE gardening, and have several garden areas in my yard. Am trying more containers this year, but I have a lot of maintainence with my perennials, etc. I am single, and can't depend on family to help. I would appreciate suggestions on how to ease back strain. I use a garden buddy scooter and a 5 gallon bucket with seat to sit on. Yet I still have to reach and bend. Am working on exercises for abs, back and thighs that physical therapist has had me doing. Any suggestions for long handled pruners, grass clippers, etc. Or how to apply Round up type products with out bending over? Thanks for any ideas!