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35 Nov 2022
editor@okcradley.com editor@okcradley.com editor: Ken Nason features editor: Harold Armitage
GARDENING  CHAT Let us have your gardening tips and tricks and even host a regular gardening column. We will continue to seek out the most informative videos from the web but feel free to let us have a video tour of your garden or a video of how you do things. Wonderful things smart phones!
Send us your garden pictures and or videos

GARDENING CHAT

THIS ISSUE GARDEN VIDEO
PUMPKIN WEIGH-IN 29th October at Cradley Village Hall  Although there were 17 entrants to this years Pumpkin growing competition unfortunately only 5 made it to the noon deadline to be weighed. Changeable weather, illness, and possibly spying on fellow entrants offerings seem to have put people off. Not even the coveted Egg Cup for the smallest in show seemed to tempt people in.  Placings are as follows: ist Prize of £30 went to Jack and Freya Backhouse - weight 19.5kg 2nd Prize of £20 went to John and Joy Perkins  - weight 19kg 3rd Prize of £15 went to Gillian Lowder - weight 9.5kg Eggcup winner was Jerry Thomas - weight 4.5kg  John and Joy Perkins won the quick raffle of a bottle of wine.  Thanks to John and Joy Perkins for the loan again of the weighing scale use from their farm.  NEXT NEXT YEAR BACK TO NORMAL Chris Lowder
Tools to help in the garden As promised last month a quick insight as to what is on the market for gardeners who find themselves at a disadvantage with failing abilities due either to advancing years infirmity of disability. Having suffered a fall in the garden earlier in the year and an ankle that took forever to recover it brought home to me just how even a small matter can affect ones ability to carry out even the simplest of tasks. Add to this physical restrictions from advancing years and gardening can become a chore rather than a joy that all gardeners look forward to. So the choice is wide and varied and somewhere that the internet wins hands down when searching. Try and avoid sited like Amazon who are there to sell sell sell ( after all that’s what they do isn’t it?) Check out gardening sites and forums, along with disabled charities and the like but most of all decide what would make YOUR life easier and better in your little corner of the Realm. These are by no means explicit or exhaustive recommendations just suggestions to explore- get you thinking which is why there are no prices quoted. decide what you would like then find out what it will cost you and more importantly what you want to pay. Don’t dismiss a home made solution rather than a store bought one. A 4” nail through an old broom handle makes a great tool to weed between slabs rather than a £30 off the shelf product and much more satisfying if you have made it yourself! There is of course you tube and you will be surprised how many make it yourself videos there are there for inspiration.
One of the best and simplest aids is to use long handled versions of your hand tools which can make kneeling and bending less likely so saving the old joints
If you have to kneel then a composite kneeler/seat is a great device. Foam rubber softens the blow and the legs make handy rails from which to use your arms to lift yourself up. Turn it over to make a handy seat
This handy gadget takes the bending out of collecting grass cuttings and leaves from the ground to transfer to bag or wheelbarrow
Ideal hand tools for arthritis sufferers who find it difficult to bend their wrist to use a straight handled tool. Allows the strain to be transferred to the forearm and upper arm muscles.
When the fingers become weak and you find difficulty squeezing things then the electric pruning shears are the thing for you. Re- chargeable battery makes the pruning effortless. Not cheap but well worth it
This is a very cheap helper to pick up fallen twigs and other detritus around the garden without having to bending over. It’s not just for litter picking!
35 Nov 2022
editor@okcradley.com
Let us have your gardening tips and tricks and even host a regular gardening column. We will continue to seek out the most informative videos from the web but feel free to let us have a video tour of your garden or a video of how you do things. Wonderful things smart phones!
Send us your garden pictures and or videos
Contact us form

GARDENING CHAT

Tools to help in the garden As promised last month a quick insight as to what is on the market for gardeners who find themselves at a disadvantage with failing abilities due either to advancing years infirmity of disability. Having suffered a fall in the garden earlier in the year and an ankle that took forever to recover it brought home to me just how even a small matter can affect ones ability to carry out even the simplest of tasks. Add to this physical restrictions from advancing years and gardening can become a chore rather than a joy that all gardeners look forward to. So the choice is wide and varied and somewhere that the internet wins hands down when searching. Try and avoid sited like Amazon who are there to sell sell sell ( after all that’s what they do isn’t it?) Check out gardening sites and forums, along with disabled charities and the like but most of all decide what would make YOUR life easier and better in your little corner of the Realm. These are by no means explicit or exhaustive recommendations just suggestions to explore- get you thinking which is why there are no prices quoted. decide what you would like then find out what it will cost you and more importantly what you want to pay. Don’t dismiss a home made solution rather than a store bought one. A 4” nail through an old broom handle makes a great tool to weed between slabs rather than a £30 off the shelf product and much more satisfying if you have made it yourself! There is of course you tube and you will be surprised how many make it yourself videos there are there for inspiration.
One of the best and simplest aids is to use long handled versions of your hand tools which can make kneeling and bending less likely so saving the old joints
If you have to kneel then a composite kneeler/seat is a great device. Foam rubber softens the blow and the legs make handy rails from which to use your arms to lift yourself up. Turn it over to make a handy seat
This handy gadget takes the bending out of collecting grass cuttings and leaves from the ground to transfer to bag or wheelbarrow
Ideal hand tools for arthritis sufferers who find it difficult to bend their wrist to use a straight handled tool. Allows the strain to be transferred to the forearm and upper arm muscles.
When the fingers become weak and you find difficulty squeezing things then the electric pruning shears are the thing for you. Re- chargeable battery makes the pruning effortless. Not cheap but well worth it
This is a very cheap helper to pick up fallen twigs and other detritus around the garden without having to bending over. It’s not just for litter picking!
PUMPKIN WEIGH-IN 29th October at Cradley Village Hall Although there were 17 entrants to this years Pumpkin growing competition unfortunately only 5 made it to the noon deadline to be weighed. Changeable weather, illness, and possibly spying on fellow entrants offerings seem to have put people off. Not even the coveted Egg Cup for the smallest in show seemed to tempt people in. Placings are as follows: ist Prize of £30 went to Jack and Freya Backhouse - weight 19.5kg 2nd Prize of £20 went to John and Joy Perkins - weight 19kg 3rd Prize of £15 went to Gillian Lowder - weight 9.5kg Eggcup winner was Jerry Thomas - weight 4.5kg John and Joy Perkins won the quick raffle of a bottle of wine. Thanks to John and Joy Perkins for the loan again of the weighing scale use from their farm. NEXT NEXT YEAR BACK TO NORMAL
Chris Lowder
THIS ISSUE GARDEN VIDEO