Gardeners' World's Sue Kent shares 'ingenious' way she hangs washing out with disability

Sue Kent
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Gardeners' World star Sue Kent was praised for her 'ingenious' washing hack after sharing how she does it with her upper limb disability. The gardening expert is a regular on out TV screens after joining the BBC Two show as a presenter in 2021.

Sue was born with arms eight inches long, no thumbs and seven fingers - three on one hand, four on the other. Her upper limb disability is as a result of her mother being prescribed Thalidomide for morning sickness.

Sue, an RHS ambassador for disability inclusions, shared her technique for hanging her washing out on Instagram. she explained: "I love my lawn with its cut grass. On a hot day, I can dry may large laundry items in no time.

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"They can all be laid out with my feet and folded. Whenever I have to peg things out, I have to use my teeth, the pegs don’t behave well and bruise my lips.

"This is much easier. #LifeHack #laundryroom #sunpower #lateralthinking . #lawnlove."

Her followers were full of praise for the technique. Barbarajenkins1 wrote: "Ingenious as ever! Laying over a lavendar hedge might be nice too… just had my first visit to Wisley … wow."

"That's a great idea! Our gardens work hard for us in so many ways and drying washing is one way our garden helps us. I would love to see a garden design at a big show that includes space to dry washing," primrosedreaming commented.

"Brilliant idea Sue, plus no creases for you to iron, you are a amazing lady," anguspops agreed. karengimson1 shared: "My great grandmother used to throw washing over a lavender hedge to dry. The sheets smelled amazing- but sometimes you’d get into bed and there would be a bee! I’d scream and she’d come running. ‘My dear, my dear’ she’d say. Happy memories."

melaniejones9449 said: "You are truly inspirational! X" And lizfinch23 added: "You are amazing Sue. There are no ends to your talents and how you overcome your problems. I truly admire you. Love all your gardening tips too. Xx"

Sue has always been a keen gardener tends to her beautiful plants with her small hands and her feet. Talking about how she adapts to gardening, Sue told Wales Online: "Over the years we've turned it around so I could work in the garden.

"It used to be me standing on one foot trying to weed on a slope. Just like people who use their hands and prefer one to the other, I am the same with my feet."