Some photos &
ideas from some of my previous gardens.
Check out my my new gardening
website "Accessible Gardens".
It's in the works and will deal with
accessible gardening techniques and information for the physically
challenged individual, interested in continued gardening or starting a
new garden. You'll find home gardening ideas, photos and some day soon
this site will also have a list of accessible Public Gardens in and
around the Pacific Northwest & in western British Columbia, Canada.
A simple planting box for shallow root
herbs, lettuces, beets and leafy vegetables can be constructed using 2
- 8' x 1" x 12" 's and 2 - 3-4' x 1" X 12"' form the sides. Screw
together and reinforce with corner "L" brackets. For a longer lasting
box use galvanized screws to prevent rust. The base is a piece of
plywood with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage. You can line the
box with plastic or treat with a NON TOXIC sealer. This box was placed
on saw horses for an easy reach. A 4 X 8 piece of framed lattice was
attached to the box for upward growing plants, such as snow peas. Light
potting soil was then added.
Click on picture to enlarge.
Beans, tomatoes, squash and cucumbers to name a few
plants, can be grown in large plastic "muck" buckets available at most
hardware and home stores for less than $12. Drill holes in the bottom
for drainage, fill with "light" potting soil. It is best to raise them
up a few inches from the ground using bricks or boards. Stakes, tomato
cages or strings can be attached to support upward growing vines. Most
flowers, vegetables and herbs can be grown in pots of any size, ranging
from rows of 3" clay pots to plastic garbage cans for potatoes.
For easy reach, A PVC pipe extension with turn-off
valve can be added from the original faucet and can be mounted higher up
on the house or to the side of a gardening station. At a garage sale I
found an old cabinet with drawers for storing my hand tools, pots and
bagged soil. Light weight hoses with easy turn-on nozzles and storage
rack make watering possible. A high directors chair provides a resting