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Gardening Tips for the Physically Disabled
For the physically disabled gardener, gardening can become less enjoyable because of physical restrictions. However with a few modifications, physical limitations can be overcome.
Use raised beds
Raised beds have become popular in cities where condo and apartment dwellers do not have space for a back yard garden but still want to grow flowers, vegetables or small trees. A raised bed that is just two feet wide can be placed at any height comfortable for wheel chair access. A seating ledge can be installed for better access on wider beds. A raised garden, accessible from only one side, should be no more than an arms' width wide or less than 24 inches wide. A simple raised bed with a soil depth of 10 inches can be used to grow a variety of plants, including: lettuce, onions, spinach, radishes, peas, bell peppers, turnips, and the favorite of container gardeners, strawberries. Raised beds can be purchased at home improvement stores or built to your own needs using simple construction tools.
Use planter boxes
Planter boxes are narrower than a raised bed and come in a variety of depths. They are easily raised off the ground by placing cement blocks, bricks or other sturdy supports under them. I have raised my planter box by placing several upside-down 12 inch high flower pots underneath the planter box. As the flower pots have a wide diameter, they are very sturdy when upside down. I have used the same technique to raise my dwarf lemon tree off the patio.
Create stable paths between garden areas
Safe access to your garden is very important. If you will be using raised platforms, you must make sure the pathway to the platforms is smooth, level and has proper drainage. Use sandstone or concrete pavers between raised beds, placing them close together so wheels from walkers and wheel chairs do not get stuck in cracks. Gravel paths are not be a good idea as small stones are easy to trip on. Packed dirt isn't recommended either; just a little bit of water and you could have a muddy mess. Of course, patio gardens usually provide a smooth surface for any walker or wheel chair user; just make sure they have good water drainage and a non-slip surface.
Use a trellis
Trellises are a great way to bring trailing flowers and vegetables higher, making them more accessible to anyone who cannot stoop over easily. Green beans, cucumbers, peas and strawberries are excellent plants to grow with trellis support. Using a trellis can give the added advantage of keeping the produce out of the dirt and therefore may reduce pests and mold. A trellis can be placed behind a planter box, in a raised bed or in a large diameter flower pot.
Invest in long handle and special tools
When gardening from a seated position, or even gardening with a stiff back, investing in properly designed tools can make tasks easier. There are many long handled gardening tools such as hand spades, trowels, rakes, and seed trowels available at gardening centers and the internet. If you have a favorite tool that needs a longer handle, consider attaching an extension or removing the too short handle and replacing it. In a pinch, you can use your bar-b-que coal shovel to dig in your raised garden and as your garden grows, use your bar-b-que tongs to pick beans, tomatoes or pull weeds.
"Accessible Gardening For People With Disabilities", Janeen Adil, Woodbine Press 1994