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By Sunbeam

West Midlands, United Kingdom Gb

Hi have ruptured my achilles tendon so am in a cast for months. I can at least walk (slowly) on it but can't bend down or reach forward. Love gardening and trying to keep going so any ideas re how to manage such as how to weed would be very welcome - have tried grabbing weeds with my "pick up" stick but limited success.



That's awful hope its not too painful. Could you manage to hoe and just leave the weeds in little piles.

21 May, 2011


Thanks for this. It hurts lots if I do too much so am trying to do little and often - so frustrating! so glad it's a small garden. have used hoe in more open bits of soil but stupidly tried to pick up the weeds afterwards- didn't think just to leave weeds to die which is much better idea so many thanks for this suggestion. Where there are lots of plants together I find I can't be accurate enough with hoe. Any ideas how to deal with brambles and nettles - normally I just chop them off near ground but by the time I'm back fit enough to do that they'll have taken over . They're among other plants so can't use weed killer.

21 May, 2011


I think you need to get help with as thats too much stress on your injury.

21 May, 2011


I'd urge you to get help with the gardening chores, if you can, Sunbeam! A ruptured Achilles tendon needs a lot of rest and care...gardening is not conducive to that, especially as you must not risk falling over etc. It is a long recovery period so I think you need to be VERY careful!

I totally empathise with your plight...I've been in plaster 4 times over the past few years...once both feet at the same time...and you HAVE to acknowledge the restraints it puts on your activities. Very frustrating, I know, but BE careful...and I wish you a speedy recovery!


21 May, 2011


thank you so much both - know you couldn't solve my problems but it was really nice just to have support!

21 May, 2011


Like Izzy I've been in plaster before too. I ruptured my Achilles tendon about 15 years ago and found the 9 weeks in plaster went very slowly, so you have my sympathy. My tendon is as good as new now - I hope you get as good as a result.

Drc & Izzy are right - you need help, or else resign yourself to letting the garden go for a few months. Even when the plaster comes off, you'll need to be very, very careful for some time while it gets to full strength. I have a friend who ruptured her Achilles tendon, had the plaster removed, then tripped a few days later and re-tore it. She was in plaster for a whole year, with just a few days break (when she had the second accident)

I've damaged the ligaments by my kneecap and am resigned to lying on the sofa and hobbling around on crutches. My OH has banned me from weeding and has no interest himself, so I'm just letting the darned things grow and will deal with them later.

Wishing you a speedy recovery - and don't try to do too much!

21 May, 2011


Oh dear Beattie!...again sympathies to you. I have had surgery 4 times on each knee and you have to be very patient. Like you, I had to just accept the fact that the weeds would have a ball all summer ! My OH has no interest in the garden, other than for BBQs and sitting out in the summer!

Just try to accept that you will get better a lot quicker...IF you do as you've been told! C'est la vie! Take great care.

21 May, 2011


Thank you so much Izzy! :-) I'm trying to be very "good" so it gets better ASAP. There's the internet now, which wasn't around when I was last immobilised and it makes all the difference.

21 May, 2011


..have also been in a cast!...completely agree with Izzy, Beattie and Drc...get someone in.....

21 May, 2011


your garden will always besaveable but your health is another thing .

21 May, 2011

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