Raised Garden Beds = Easier Accessibility For All

Creating a raised garden bed can allow those with limited space and limited physical capabilities.

Gardening can be enjoyed by almost everyone--even those with physical limitations or space limitations.

Many people can devise their very own raised garden bed by utilizing items which they find are readily available, namely; railroad ties, tree pots, old tires--coupled with the aid of family and/or friends to get it into place.

Tree pots can be found at any garden store and if they are wrapped with tall mesh or wire, they work extremely well for planting vegetables which require a trellis in order to thrive: vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes and snap peas, for example.

Of course, many flowering plants would also thrive within a tree pot and would provide much color and pleasure in the process.

These pots are small, able to be housed and maintained even in several limited spaces (such as a deck) and they can be set upon concrete or grass for easy accessibility.

Simply fill them with soil, plant your seeds and you're off. It is often a good idea to use potting soil for small raised, contained gardens or to have the soil on your propery analyzed to discover which nutrients and minerals it may be lacking; then adding the perfect combination of fertilzer your particular soil needs.

Tires which are stacked and filled with dirt will also serve the same purpose and three tires seems to be a good height for many--especially those utilizing wheelchairs.

Many vegetables work well grown within a homemade tire pot and if these too are surrounded by a mesh trellis, the plants which enjoy creeping up to the sky will likely thrive within their unlikely confines.

If you have more space readily available, you might want to consider stacking railroad ties (3 to 4 tall) and create your own 10 foot by four foot garden bed(s). (Any longer and/or wider and the accessibility will diminish.)

Once these railroad tie beds are filled with soil, the gardener with back problems can weed their plot by sitting upon the side and reaching within--instead of the perpetual stooping required to maintain a traditional garden.

Also, those with restricted mobility will find that as long as these beds are built upon grass or concrete, they are easy to manuever around and to reach into.

A very important note: due to wind accessibility, the soil within raised garden beds tends to dry out much quicker than alternative gardening methods. Therefore, diligent and frequent watering is required in order to achieve a successful outcome.

So although those with physical limitations will need help getting their selected raised bed gardening system into place, once it is done, they will be able to plant, weed, water and harvest the garden virtually on their own.

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