Midsummer is weeding and harvesting time in the garden. Unfortunately, this work can be backbreaking. Now there is a new tool that allows you to sit down while working.
The wearable garden stool features a seat attached to a pole with a spring on the bottom to prevent the pole from sinking into the ground. The seat can be adjusted to between 13 and 18 inches tall. It also has a strap that keeps you fastened in the seat as you bend and stretch to weed, prune, harvest, and deadhead.
The stool was originally developed in Europe to help dairy farmers milk cows more easily, and it has caught the attention of small farmers in this country. When farm workers spend less time bending and stretching, they have less back, knee, and hip pain. With less pain and stiffness, they can work more efficiently.
For more information on this easy-to-use garden stool, go to: University of Wisconsin's Healthy Farmers, Healthy Profits Project.
Article published on June 23, 2008.