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Gardening sitting down and from a wheelchair

This section of the website gives you Thrive’s top tips and comprehensive advice to ensure that you can enjoy working in your garden sitting down and from a wheelchair.

There is practical information to make most garden jobs easier, advice on how to take care when you sit to garden, other useful hints and tips, and notes about which equipment and tools will be particularly helpful.

These are the gardening jobs that we cover - getting ready, digging, weeding, mowing and lawn maintenance, pruning, trimming hedges, sweeping and raking, watering, sowing seeds, planting out, growing in containers and tips on garden design.

Look in the boxes below to find out more. 


Getting ready when you sit to garden  

Getting ready when you sit to garden

Taking a bit of time to get ready can really make a difference. Some of the stresses and strains of gardening happen when we begin a job on impulse without any planning.

Find out more about getting ready when you sit to garden

Digging sitting down  

Digging sitting down

Digging can be hard work but there are ways to make the job easier when you sit to garden. Thrive's top tips include choosing the right tools and adapting the design of your beds.

Find out more about digging sitting down

Weeding sitting down  

Weeding sitting down

Keeping your garden free of annual and perennial weeds will help keep your garden tidy and your plants healthy, but it needn't be too much of a chore with Thrive's helpful hints and tips. 

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Mowing and general lawn maintenance  

Mowing and lawn maintenance sitting down

Your lawn will benefit from regular cutting and some annual or ongoing maintenance and Thrive has some ideas to make life a little easier.

Find out more about mowing and lawn maintenance sitting down

Pruning sitting down

Pruning sitting down

When you sit to garden, keeping up with the pruning should be fine as long as you can safely place a seat or your wheelchair near the shrub you want to work on.

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Trimming hedges

Trimming hedges

Managing a hedge can be made easier by using the right tools and taking care. Trimming will encourage strong, dense growth and keep your hedges at a manageable height and width. 

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Sweeping and raking sitting down

Sweeping and raking sitting down

Thrive's tips will help keep your paths and paved areas clear and safe, help you rake the lawn, and break up the soil in your garden beds.

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Watering sitting down

Watering sitting down

This job can take time every day, particularly if you grow vegetables or have plants in containers. Whatever you like to grow, it makes sense to find ways to make watering easier.

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Sowing seeds sitting down

Sowing seeds sitting down

Growing your own plants from seed can save money and is a very satisfying gardening activity. Read Thrive's top tips to help when you sit to garden.

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Planting out sitting down

Planting out sitting down

Most plants grown in pots can be planted year-round and there are ways to make the job easier when you sit to garden. 

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Growing in containers sitting down

Growing in containers when you sit to garden

One of the easiest ways to enjoy gardening sitting down is to grow plants in containers. Vegetables, herbs - even small fruit trees - can all be grown in containers.

Find out more about growing in containers when you sit to garden

Tips on garden desgin when you sit to garden  

Tips on garden design when you sit to garden

Garden layout can make a real difference to how you enjoy gardening and Thrive's design ideas should make any garden easier to use.

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Moving things in the garden  

Moving things in the garden

When you garden sitting down, carrying your tools and equipment can be a challenge, but there are some ways of making life easier including tool belts, garden carts and pot carriers.

Find out more about moving things in the garden