Do you have a green thumb, but you’re unsure about how to make an accessible garden? It’s actually pretty easy to do. With the right supplies and planning, you can grow your own vegetable garden or create a flower bed that adds pop to your landscaping.
Gardening is a great way to get out and enjoy the sun, grow your own healthy foods, and show your creativity.
Plan Your Garden
Successful gardening requires careful planning. You need to know what to plant, and when. But if you’re making a wheelchair accessible garden, you also need to make sure that you can navigate it easily. Here are a few tips on making your garden accessible from Apparelyzed:
- You should use 1 metre wide or 1 metre diameter round raised planting beds.
- Your beds should be raised no less than 18 inches high. But can be up to table height.
- Potting areas should have a knee space beneath them, if they are table height.
- The path leading to and between the raised beds should be a hard packed material.
Your mobility limitations don’t have to prevent you from having a beautiful garden. But knowing what they are and being honest about how much you can do will go a long way to making sure your garden is as beautiful as you imagine it to be.
The last thing that you want is to be hindered by temperature, poor pathways leading to the garden, or even having to stop midway to deal with your cath routine.
Build a Raised Garden Bed
It may not be easy for you to get down on the ground, and that’s okay. It’s really simple to bring the garden up to your level with a raised garden bed.
A raised garden bed is a simple box that can be made to fit any size garden. The size of the garden bed will be determined by the space that you have and the kinds of plants you want to to grow. You can hire a handyman or buy one online.
If you love DIY, check out this video on building your own raised garden bed from This Old House.
If creating a raised bed isn’t feasible, you can use pots and hanging plants, or even make a vertical wall garden.
Get the Right Tools
Depending on your ability, you may need to use adaptive tools to take care of your garden. Grabbers and reachers can help you get the job done.
You can also use specialized tools made just for gardening, like the Cut and Hold Flower Gardener.
And sometimes, you just have to use traditional tools in innovative ways. Try these tips for gardening while sitting down from Thrive, an organization for gardeners with disabilities. They cover everything from raking to pruning with easy instructions and images.