How do I clean out my 4x4 veggie garden?


Have a hard time, as I am 78, in bending over. But it needs turning over with a shovel. Any hints in making it easier? Do not have a camera available.

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  • William William on Dec 05, 2018

    Turn over with a shovel but a pitch fork would be easier and loosen up the soil. Then just rake up all the loose debri.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 05, 2018

    Have a grandkid or even a neighborhood kid do it for you. It wouldn't take but a few dollars or even a baked treat for them to do it. Your veggie garden isn't that big that it would be hard for a kid to do the job. There are tools out there with long handles that you just twist and it loosens the soil. I have seen them at Home Depot, I am sure that other places have them also. The look like a weird hoe with the times straight down and slightly curved and in a circle. Perhaps you could do something like that, the handle is as long as the handle on the tall shovels and shouldn't require bending except perhaps pick up a weed, and that you can do with one of those grabbers you can get to pick things up off the floor. I hope this helps you clean out your garden, Nola!

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 05, 2018

      You can do this if you get that tool, not real expensive. I wish I had one, but never think about when I am somewhere they sell them. Oh well, sometime I will remember!

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 05, 2018

    I would hire a young kid from the neighborhood to do the hard work. If you can't afford to do that perhaps they would do the work for some type of barter arrangement.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Dec 05, 2018

    Rent small tiller

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 05, 2018

      I know what you mean, I am about 110 pounds and we have a fairly small electric and I can barely control it. Hubby has to do most of it for me and he is 73.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 05, 2018

    Hire someone from your church or a organization you belong to (Moose, Elks, etc). Call senior services and get a referral for a handyman.

  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Dec 05, 2018

    Nola, I know exactly what you mean, I'm also 78. I have two raised beds of flowers and it's no longer possible for me to take care of them. The only thing I know is to try and get someone younger to do it for you, but I know it's almost impossible to find anyone. It seems like kids aren't interested in earning a few dollars. I wish I could be of help to you. Take care of yourself and just let the garden go.

    • Nola Messier Nola Messier on Dec 05, 2018

      Thank you Rose. Know where you're coming from. Told myself, last year, I was all done doing this. First time I tried planting sweet potatoes and VOILA, they invaded my whole garden, killing all other plants. Depressing!!