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Photo: mavo (Shutterstock) Gardening season is full of promise: the fresh vegetables, beautiful flowers, and sense of accomplishment. But it can also be a—literal—pain in the neck (and back). Kneeling, crouching, reaching, lifting, and pulling are all part of garden upkeep, and sometimes these things catch up with even the most enthusiastic gardeners. Preventing injury will make your time in the yard that much more enjoyable. Here are a few tools to keep your thumbs green and your spine straight. Bring the gardening work to you The best way to keep from hurting your back is to eliminate the need to stay bent forward for significant periods of time. Instead, try bringing the gardening work to you . Raised garden beds are one way to elevate the soil and make gardening less back-intensive. For some people, a foot or two won’t cut it though, so rolling planters that are elevated above the ground are a great alternative. These can be purchased, but they are relatively simple to build on your own, as well. They can be raised to table height or standing height, making them easy to reach, and eliminating the need to kneel or bend over. You can even pull up a stool or chair to do weeding, planting, or watering, making these one of the best ways to garden in a spine-friendly manner. If you don’t have the space for a rolling raised planter, hanging baskets and window boxes also offer elevated gardening platforms. Window boxes don’t […]