Garden injury stats and prevention: gloves & keeling pads

One of the biggest things is safety in the garden, would inconvenient to injure yourself and need an ambulance to pick you up because you’re injured and can’t drive. Well, not to mention embarrassing too so in this article we will look at safety equipment and tools in the garden that’ll help you avoid injury.

Gloves

Whether you are cleanliness conscious or not, you should always wear gloves while handling soil, seeds and fertilisers.

Gloves have the tendency to protect the skin against various garden management mishaps like pests or insect bites, skin rash or irritation from spilling fertilisers and preventing bruises, cuts or injuries from sharp tools. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind before purchasing garden gloves:

  • Make sure that the gloves fit according to the size of your hands. They shouldn’t either be too large or too small. Small sized gloves will make you uncomfortable and restrict your hand movement whereas large sized gloves can cause blisters.
  • Sheep skin and goat skin gloves are ideal for tasks like raking, digging, cutting, planting and shovelling whereas cloth gloves are more suitable for raking, digging and mixing soil.
  • That does not mean that you should purchase different type of glove for every task. Just make sure that you are comfortable with the material of the glove. However, cloth gloves are not considered reliable for long term use.
  • Check whether the gloves are suitable for the type of the chemicals you are using
    in your garden.
  • Make sure that you are not allergic to the glove material. When you are done with your gardening chores, wash the gloves and dry them. Cleanliness of your gardening tools is very important.

If you’re still unsure, check out this comprehensive list of gardening gloves, they have all the info and user pros and cons of gardening gloves rolled into one neat and tidy article.

Buckets

For regular sized gardens you use hose and sprinklers for watering but with these miniature gardens you cannot do so. Firstly, the pressure will exceed the size of your garden; secondly it might waterlog your garden. Therefore the best way to water your plants is by using buckets. You can fill a bucket full of water and transfer water from it to the garden via mugs or cups.

This way you can save yourself a lot of back and forth trips. You can use plastic or metal buckets, whatever is feasible for you but make sure that it is kept clean. If it catches fungi or algae, dispose it off and get a new one.

Kneeling Pad

Kneeling pad is less of a gardening tool and more of a health tool for you. Not only will it keep your knees safe and sound, it will also protect your clothes from getting dirty. Plus, when you have a kneeling pad to kneel on, you won’t have to rush through your gardening because you feel uncomfortable.

When purchasing a kneeling pad, you should select the material of the pad wisely as it will stay in contact with your skin all the time. Take a test kneeling trial in the shop before purchasing to make sure that you are comfortable with the material of your kneeling pad. When you get old, you will thank this kneeling pad for protecting your knees against pain and injuries. If you are already old, then you should not ignore this material. It might be the single most essential item you will need while gardening. Don’t let your body suffer to fulfil your hobby!

Japanese garden for the healthy body and mind

One of the biggest things we all struggle with is our health and fitness. The garden is a great place to really improve your wellbeing and in this article I’ll go through some of the techniques the Japanese incorporate to improve the mind and body.

Japanese Gardens — Basic Design Principles

In Western garden design most areas of the garden tend to be quite strictly designed. In a Japanese garden a little improvisation is preferred and if you are working from a design allow yourself to change the plan if it looks and feels right. A Western garden is admired for its construction, colours and plantings.

A Japanese garden is about reproducing and symbolising the outside world but making it look as though human involvement is not evident — it is disguised.

Western gardens are symmetrical whilst Japanese gardens are asymmetrical with plants and trees presented in a rustic or rugged way. Many types of Japanese gardens will have flowers, trees and fruits that reflect the seasons and the gardens natural relationship to the space that it is in.

The Japanese have a love affair with nature and it is natural that this passion has been reflected in their gardens for hundreds of years. Some of the earliest gardens discovered date back to the 7th century with mini mountains and bodies of water.

The Shinto Japanese Religion teaches that the world and everything in it is influenced by nature’s creative forces. The ‘borrowing’ of distant scenery into a Japanese garden demonstrates this homage to the forces of creation.

This is called Shakkei in Japanese. A golden rule of Japanese gardening is requiring the designer to sense what works and what looks good, so if you wish to copy a landscape that you like in a Japanese garden style, you will need to either have a good memory or make use of a camera or video recorder to capture the landscape that you wish to copy in miniature.

Japanese gardens require a quiet area as their essence is contemplation, reflection and even meditation.

Zen garden

This serene feeling is a major factor in why so many people want to add a touch of Japan to their gardens or yards. Reflecting reality is an important principle in a Japanese garden and a great example would be a ‘Zen’ style garden with its large raked areas of gravel which depict the sea or a body of water populated by a small number of rocks or larger stones that depict mountains and in some cases land mass like islands.

Japanese gardens NEVER try and create a feature that is not present within nature — a Western garden takes natural elements and rearranges them into unnatural structures or areas.

The most popular types of designs for domestic Japanese gardens are Zen gardens or Japanese rock gardens, Tea Gardens, and Hill and Pond Gardens. Japanese gardens are often spiritual and really help us to harness the benefits of nature. It’s something we could try to improve the mind and body gardening. Often our gardens are too rigid and lack a natural look, hopefully this article is a reminder to loosen things up a little.