Health and Safety on the Plot

Look after yourself and others!

By Andrew Amos

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Health and Safety on the Plot' page

Every Spring we all rush out to the plot and frantically dig for victory in an attempt to get those potatoes and other early crops in.  But beware, after a harsh winter, if you haven't been doing much exercise you can easily do your back some damage. 

Please don’t overdo it – take it easy!  Here are some tips:

  • Warm up before starting to garden by gently stretching your muscles.
  • If it's cold, wait until later in the day when it's warmer.
  • Avoid repetitive garden work. Alter your position regularly as you work, (dig right and left handed - its hard at first but you get used to it and it will prevent muscles on one side seizing up)
  • Take regular breaks and drink plenty of liquid.  So if you have lots of digging to do, try and do a little at a time or do a bit of digging and then do another job, or have a break and go back to the digging later. 
  • Don't lift heavy objects. If you must lift something, remember to bend your knees and keep your back straight. Use a wheelbarrow to move objects where possible. Wear belts that support your back if necessary.   

Also, on RoedaleValley recently a little girl had a very nasty eye accident recently because of a bamboo cane.  PLEASE cover them with something or remove them if they are not being used.

Safe Gardening.  A Amos, Site Rep, RoedaleValley.

This page was added by Melanie Matthews on 11/04/2010.