10 Step Guide to Accessible Gardening

By Tim Gilmer: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Gardening has anchored my life for about 45 years now. More than an activity, it is it also a frame of mind, a way to connect with nature and a calming time that lets you leave worries behind, if only for a brief period each day. It also has a cumulative effect, creating a deeper sense of gratitude for nature and life itself. And it has practical benefits. It can put food on the table and give you a chance to be outside, enjoy the sun and fresh air. Best of all, it can happen in a manageable, accessible environment, like a deck, porch or patio.

1. Gather the Essentials

For me, gardens are a place to raise food, but vegetable plants go especially well with flowers and other plants on a deck. Choose a space with a solid rolling surface and room enough to grow a few or several plants — a wooden deck, porch or concrete slab. A table-like surface you can roll under for starting seeds and potting up plants is necessary, unless you plan on buying starts. A few small tables or other raised surfaces are good for setting up containers at wheelchair level. Your accessible garden space should also have water available close by.

Last spring, at the beginning of the pandemic, I decided to raise tomato plants and lettuce on my deck. I ended up getting carried away and added broccoli, beans, squash, peppers, basil and parsley, just to see if I could grow them successfully in containers. By season’s end, my plants and containers took up about 30-40 square feet of space — about a 6-by-6-foot area.

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