The Seattle P-I reminds us that gardening is not for the faint of heart. A typical weekend in the garden yields unexplained bruises in unusual places, scratches and rashes from hostile plants, torn muscles, and–in my case–the odd bump on the head from that classic garden blunder, stepping on a rake and bringing the handle straight up to the forehead. I’ve even been known to grab a handful of dead stems in one hand, pick up the Felcos in the other hand, and nearly slice off my finger along with those stems. (Fortunately, I was wearing gloves, or I’d be typing one-handed right now.) Oh, and don’t forget grabbing a weed and pulling it so hard that it flies out of the ground and straight into my eye.
The P-I recommends one of those garden kneelers, but my gardening is too haphazard for that level of equipment. Long-handled tools and raised beds (like, raised high enough so you don’t have to kneel) are other options.
For me, the best protection against the hazards of the garden has always been the gym. If I can lift weights, I can lift a bag of dirt. If I can do yoga, I can get on my knees and dig.
What about you? Worst garden injury? Best injury-prevention tool?