Having raised beds for wheelchair users and people with mobility issues is very practical and necessary and this task is not that difficult to accomplish or achieve. There are several options available to us when considering this exercise and I would safetly say that primary access to the raised bed gardens is the most pressing of all considerations. Accessability is first and foremost to those who have a long term commitment to gardening and who like to be out and about in their backyards and back gardens
By access, we mean a solid and sturdy terrain, whereby the wheelchair or scooter user can move freely around without the risk or fear of getting stuck in soft underfoot conditions or loose gravel, that would hinder or create obstacles for these people. Ideally a level concrete, tarmac surface, flagstones or paver slabs is the preferred envoirnment for these wheelchair users and they will ultimately feel a lot more confident travelling over this surface, knowing that their underfoot conditions are solid and well able to support their mobility devices or vehicles.
Height of raised beds;
In an ideal situation, when it come to raised bed gardening for wheelchair users, the height of the raised bed frames is the primary concern. The minimum height needs to be at least 24″ and rising to no more than 36″ and if we can achieve these measurements, anyone with mobility issues can be accomodated with these measurements.. The width is also of concern as we don’t want these people to over-extend themselves, for fear of injury or other stretching problems that may harm or injure them. A raised bed width of anywhere between 36″ – 48″ would be sufficient as they could easily move around to either side to carry out gardening jobs as they so wished. The distance between these beds would have to be at least 4ft, which would provide easy and safe accessibility, giving them freedom and space to manover, whilst doing thier planting, digging and maintenance.
Do we build or buy these raised beds;
This is a great dilemma for most people and the short answer is, we could do both. If it was possible to hire a tradesperson or contractor who would do a reasonable, inexpensive and competent job for us, I would seriously recommend that option, for a number of reasons. Firstly, we can easily decide what height, width and the size that we would like our raised beds to be, which would be a great advantage and certainly would make life a lot easier for us.
Secondly, the location we would like to place these beds needs to be considered, but we can always can ask the contractor for his or her ideas and recommendations before deciding the placement of these, always bearing in mind that we would have access to all sides of these beds and also that they would be accessible from any direction. Thirdly, I would always leave the option open to us and that would be that these bed frames can always be moved or rotated to whatever way we would like, ie, to a sunny or shade location, depending on what we were intending to grow or plant. One last point worth taking into consideration and if possible, to place or situate these bed frames near a water source as we do not need that issue to become a disadvantage to our gardening endeavours.
If we decide to purchase;
When it comes to ordering or purchasing these elevated raised garden beds over the internet, we will be spoiled for choice as there are so many options, different makes and sizes to choose from. We will have to factor in a number of concerns, before we eventually decide on what will best suit our needs. The price is always top of our budget agenda, after that we need to look at how practical and suitable they are for our needs and lastly are these bed frames adaptable for wheelchair users. I have looked and read through a number of the options that are available for purchase online and I have made a number of recommendations, based on the criteria, which we have discussed above. The beds that I have selected are sturdy, practical and the ideal height for wheelchair garden users. They also have that V shape design which allows for better access and comfortable working conditions as required for this type of gardening.
Grow easy to grow veggies;
For someone who loves the outdoors and have always wished to grow our own garden of either crops, plants, flowers or vegetables but for some reason we don’t think that that is possible because we are wheelchair dependent or have mobility limiting issues, there are always solutions. Above, we have covered some ideas and methods that are easily implementable. When considering what plants or flowers to grow, its best to start with easy to grow flowers and veggies. After gaining some experience with these varieties, we can always expand as we go forward and our confidence will develope and we will be more confident in our own ability to continue.
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