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    #16
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    I have more to claim.
    I have to fight through the hard places
    to go and get it!

    most recent video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHLEinnhYtg

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      #17

      Very nice garden. I hope I am successful at the things I plan to try.
      __________________________________
      C4/5 functioning on a C6 level, use of left hand, no triceps

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        #18
        I've tried for three years using containers on my front porch, and have had little luck. Last year we used five gallon buckets, and my husband had it finished before I knew he was doing it, and I'm afraid he put way too much stone at the bottom of the buckets. Now I have trouble trying to figure out how to correct the problem, and getting him to do the work! Looking at the links that KLD put up makes me want a raised garden. I really don't like the buckets.......don't like the looks of them on my porch. My husband can build, so I'm thinking if I can get him to look at those links, I might be able to get him to build me one on the porch, and it would look so much better too! So far I've mostly tried tomatoes and they haven't done well. I'm not sure why........ I think I will try one more time, and see what happens. I've had containers on the porch for flowers, and they do fine. I just can't seem to get my vegetables to grow!

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          #19
          Use rubber tires, they are free!

          I use used rubber tires. stacked so that the hole in the middle is where you put the soil and plant. There are tons of used tires people are trying to get rid of. So they are free. All you have to do is get the soil or compost (you can make that yourself with raked leaves, table scraps, grass cuttings and other organic debris). I have grown wonderful squashes, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and other vegies and what I cannot use right at harvest, I either freeze or can and I have nice food for the winter. I make taller stacks to grow potato is taller stacks and add soil to "Hill" them and can add another tire to the stack if needed. They are easy to weed and maintain. When the season is over, and the garden is cleared, people who don't know me who stop by ask if I have a racetrack because of the large number of tires! LOL. They also are great as they act like a boundary for the edge of the driveway.
          Disability is not a medical problem with social issues, but rather a social problem with medical issues.
          Franklin D. Rosevelt

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            #20
            If you're gonna try the bucket route, you might look into hydroponics, or aquaponics. Without the soil, the plants are much easier to care for. You use net pots, which hang in the lid of the bucket. I have an indoor aquaponics setup. I am trying to use tropical aquarium fish, but am having very mixed results (plus the fish are not very hardy). Ultimately, I may have to switch to tilapia. The setup in the picture is very easy to use. I can pull under the water flow tubes to easily deal with the plants. The lights are on adjustable hangers, so I can easily raise or lower them. The plants grow in net pots, so I can easily take them out and remove them (or rotate the locations of the various pots. This was not an inexpensive endeavor. But, it beats gardening out in the hot sun.

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              #21
              I have mine in pots 5 gallon buckets I recyle shower water and dishwater/ we just punched a couple of hole in 5 gallon bucktes they drain well. just tomotes and jalenpo peppers and a sweet hot pepper is all
              I grow

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                #22
                Facebook page "Access to the Garden" is a good place for wheelchair users to get tips re gardening.
                TM 2004 T12 incomplete

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                  #23
                  I had 2 raised beds built 20 years ago along our paved path, but grassy on 3 sides, so it was hard to get to the other side. I loved seeing the veggies grow, but later switched beds to only hostas and tulips, and went with 5 gallon buckets on the patio, nearer water supply. Getting on in years, I now use container for cherry tomatoes and smaller pot for herbs - parsley and basil.

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                    #24
                    I built a raised bed from cinder blocks this year. Fighting the weeks was just too much. It is just a four foot bed, three blocks high but Ry has harvested much lettuce, radishes and this morning, peas. We still have carrots, broccoli, cabbage, and much more lettuce as well as the peas growing. I put tomatoes and peppers in pots that are on a shelf where he can reach them safely when the time comes.

                    We laid black landscape fabric on the ground, covered it with large gravel to level the area and stacked the blocks. We filled it halfway with pure compost and then topped it with organic potting mix. All together, we spent less that $100 but I have not faced a week yet. We had some cabbage worms that I got rid of with a mix of 1c A/P flout with 2T cayenne pepper. The broccoli and cabbage now have leaves again and no chemicals necessary. First peas with dinner tonight.

                    We put marigolds in the corners to attract good bugs and planted rather close but everything is doing great so we intend to build more beds this fall.--eak
                    Elizabeth A. Kephart, PHR
                    mom/caregiver to Ryan-age 21
                    Incomplete C-2 with TBI since 3/09

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                      #25
                      I just stack rubber tires, and you can make your raised gardens as high as you want by stacking more tires. Also, if you grow potatoes, you can "hill" the potatoes by adding another tire. Then when its harvest time, you can remove or dump over the stack and retrieve the potatoes. I have done this for years. Another thing I use is old washing machine tubs. These are great as they have lots of small holes in them allowing the water to drain so the plants do not get waterlogged. I use these things as they are free, and I have to work on a tight budget. Check with local car mechanics for old tires that are no long useable for cars. You can select the sizes you want and if you really want to get some large ones try tractor tires. I hope this helps.
                      Disability is not a medical problem with social issues, but rather a social problem with medical issues.
                      Franklin D. Rosevelt

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