Wheelchair Accessible Garden | Friendly Wheels | Issue 38

Creating an Accessible Raised Garden

Friendly Wheels, Issue 38
April 2011

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It’s that time of year again when the tulips break through the soil and buds appear on tree branches. It’s time to start planning your summer garden! A raised garden bed designed with easy access from your Amigo is a simple way to enjoy summer gardening.

Raised beds add a new and exciting dimension to your gardening experience and also reduce the aches and pains produced by kneeling or bending over a garden plot.

 

Here are some helpful tips to creating your raised bed:

  • Make the bed at a height suitable (about 2.5-3 feet) for you to stand or sit next to. You may consider building a seat into the edge of the garden bed, then transfer from the Amigo to sit on as you work.
  • The bed should be sufficiently wide enough to comfortably and easily reach the middle from either side, especially if you plan to grow vegetables or flowers for cutting or harvesting.
  • Leave a path between beds that is wide enough for your Amigo to move freely through. Make sure the pathway is firmly packed and free of holes and roots.

An Amigo owner for nearly 30 years, Marilyn Miller is an avid gardener. While she is a snow bird, living in Florida in the winter, Marilyn loves coming home to Michigan to garden.

“I always look forward to coming back home to begin my spring gardening,” Marilyn says.

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With raised garden beds becoming so popular, many resources are available to help with step-by-step building instructions. Aside from your local nursery, the Web sites below provide additional information by professional landscapers and actual garden enthusiasts.

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After your raised bed is built the fun begins! Numerous brands and types of gardening tools are available to keep your new bed looking good and weed-free. These Easi-Grip garden tools make gardening a cinch for those that find using standard garden tools difficult.

Enjoy spring, build a raised garden and go outside and get those hands dirty!

Photos courtesy this blog.

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