Posted: 10/08/2013 at 15:04
Ive been counting my blessings today ref being fit enough to get around the garden without any help from people or sticks/wheelchair etc,
But what about those who have now been delt a bad card in life and find for verious reasons they're now unable to be as active as they once wer'e!!!!
Is gardening as a hobby to much for such people?
Well ive met a few people in that very situation and one thing ive found repeated time & time again is that these people have the most strongest will power you have ever seen,
But how can they garden and get results?
A bit of thought and a plan,
Whats that saying "something " about if you cant get to the mountain then bring the mountain to you (or something like that)
So why not make the gardening a bit different!
You can't bend down to the soil so lets try raising the soil to your level or at least the chair level or kneeling level,
With a bit of initial planning a raised bed garden can really work,
And the good thing about raised beds is that they are easy to weed and are kinder on the eye and mind,
what im talking about here is "lets say you have a boxed area 10 feet long by 6 feet wide, with plenty of space all around this boxed area for a wheel chair to be used,
By being able to weed 3 feet on one side and then go to the other side and repeat the 3 feet weeding you'll soon be able to weed the complete bed in one go!!!!
unlike if you have a plot thats 20 feet long by 15 feet wide and needs weeding
"you'll soon find how quick the weeds re-start growing before your at the far end and after a days weeding that final look before you call it a day and the sight is still more weeds to be delt with next time "isn't a nice sight,
With raised beds you can deal with one bed at a time and finsh the jobs quicker hence you'll soon be growing a variety of crops or flowers before you know it,
Protection from birds is made easy via sections of small wire covers to keep birds at bay,
You can even make covers to act as a mini greenhouse or cold frame to speed up seeds etc,
The beauti of raised beds is 'it's your task and for you to keep in order"
Time on your hands with nothing to do can and is a killer, So if you've never done any gardening and you find it difficult to kill time because your not able to move about as you once did!
This is a thought well worth thinking about "raised beds".