BACK PAINS? MAKE YOURSELF A RAISED GARDEN AND FORGET ABOUT “STOOPING YOUR BACK”
Many people have back or other problems that prevent them from gardening properly, without suffering the consequences of the hard work that working at ground level puts on the body. Even without problems, it is still tiring and hard to take care of your garden.
We propose you some other method to make a raised garden and avoid this difficulty, or at least, make it more bearable.
We have spent several hours commenting, giving recommendations, advice, forms, types and methodologies to make a garden.
But we have never talked about how expensive it is. We cannot deny it.
Field work is tough ; rewarding, but tough. The most normal thing is to suffer back pain since we will spend a lot of time bending over. Yes, I know … Doctors tell you to bend over with your knees instead of your back. We try, but we all know that many times it is not done. In the end, we will have a beautiful back pain that will take away the desire to continue with our garden.
It hurts, you get frustrated and you give it up. On the other hand, there are already acquired back problems (not caused by the garden itself) and you cannot even consider making a garden . Today we give you a couple of solutions that can help make this more bearable and not get frustrated by a pain that prevents you from continuing to do what you like.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TERRACE AND THE SELECTION OF THE LAND
The terraces in agriculture have been and are, a very common agricultural system with many advantages. Perhaps you have never considered what advantages they can have but there are a few:
- The most relevant. We define the cultivation space well and step on it, seeking a better structure, the absence of a working sole that causes the bad development of the roots of the crop and making the life and activity of worms and various microorganisms necessary in the maintenance of a plant more complicated. living ground.
- The working posture improves slightly when the cultivation surface is raised by 30 to 50 cm.
- The technique of mulching with straw or other materials fits very well with this growing arrangement.
- One drawback is the increased evaporation of water. But remember the cushioning and exudation irrigation techniques to avoid this loss as much as possible.
- On the other hand, we will have better aeration of the root zone of the crop
- Better drainage capacity of the soil.
THE RAISED TERRACE
If, in addition to the classic bed, we add a containment wall made of rasilla brick or wood, we will obtain advantages that range from maintaining the height of the bed to less loss of soil moisture.
To manufacture it, it will be enough to dig a perimeter guide of about 10 cm where we will fit the rasillas. We drive 1 m long corrugated iron stakes at the ends of each scraper as shown in the figure. We will have a raised orchard with a retaining wall made of ceramic shavings. It can also be made of wood. In this way, we raise the cultivation surface as necessary to work either squatting or leaning on the knees. The ceramic shavings can be 30-40cm high so approximately that will be the working height. Enough so that the back suffers less in most operations in the garden.
As you can see, it is a system with many advantages, but it is true that its height is not enough to maintain a completely upright posture when working. To make a raised garden in which we can work fully standing, we need a height equivalent to the position of a table, which will be around 70 cm. The solution for this would be to join two bricks to double the height but we get into a slightly more serious work to leave the scrapes well together. Another option to achieve such height is wood. With planks or logs we can achieve the height without so much “work”.
It is clear that preparing all this is hard and heavy work. We may need help to carry it out. The earthmoving that must be done is considerable. Assembling the retaining wall, nailing the rounds etc. it can be very long and tedious for just one. So look for help in exchange for the future products that your wonderful raised garden will give . We leave you a couple of examples of the final result of orchards with raised wooden and brick terraces.