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Gardening when you use one hand

This section of the website looks at ways to garden if you use one hand. Read Thrive’s top tips and comprehensive advice to ensure that you can enjoy working in your garden.

There is practical information to make most garden jobs easier, advice on how to take care, 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.

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Getting ready  

Getting ready when you garden with one hand

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.

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Digging using one hand

Digging can be hard work but there are ways to make the job easier using one hand. Thrive's top tips include choosing the right tools.

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Weeding using one hand

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 lawn maintenance using one hand

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

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Pruning using one hand

Trimming plants, deadheading or cutting flowers are all jobs we need to do in the garden. Cut & hold and long reach cutters can help make the job easier. 

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Trimming hedges

Trimming hedges using one hand

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 using one hand

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 using one hand

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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Seed packets

Sowing seeds using one hand

Growing your own plants from seed can save money and is a very satisfying gardening activity. Read Thrive's top tips for this rewarding task.

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Planting out

Planting out using one hand

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

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Growing in containers

Growing in containers when you use one hand

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.

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Tips on garden design when you use one hand

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  

Moving things in the garden

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.

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