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    Is There Anyone here who Gardens!

    I am going to attempt to grow my own food this summer and I can imagine it will be somewhat of a task, however; I'm up for it. I was wondering if there are others here that garden and if so, do you have any tips or suggestions that may make it easier for a quad with one hand. I have approached my 6th year sci and although I am pretty healthy I want to stay that way. What better way, than to grow my own organic fruits and vegetables. Plus, I know gardening can be therapeutic as well.
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    C4/5 functioning on a C6 level, use of left hand, no triceps

    #2
    I don't have a large garden. but do a few plants each year.

    The first thing is to have the planting area where you can get to it and work it. I'm a para an have no problem leaning over sideways to work the ground, weed, etc. Being Quad you may want to have raised beds for your plants. Also think of where things like your water spigot and access to your beds are when planing where to put your plants.

    Another thought is to start small and experiment a bit with things till you get a good working knowledge of what you can do and handle all at once.


    One thing I have that is invaluable for me is adjustable handle tools for the garden. They're short enough to do close work withut getting in the way, but I can extend the handles for things just out of reach with the shorter length.

    And don't forget to have fun

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      #3
      Raised beds will make this much easier for things like tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, etc. You can build your own or purchase. Some are on wheels so you can put them anywhere on a patio you like. Some are on legs so you can pull up in your wheelchair underneath. There are also gardening tools that are designed for limited grip.

      Here are a few resources:
      http://www.christopherreeve.org/site...Wheelchair.htm

      http://agrability.missouri.edu/garde...heelchair.html

      http://eartheasy.com/blog/2010/02/wh...ardening-tips/

      http://support.naturalyards.com/accessible-gardens/

      http://www.carryongardening.org.uk/g...heelchair.aspx

      http://www.dowlingcommunitygarden.or...s/projects.htm

      http://www.eatlivegrowpaleo.com/2012...heelchair.html

      http://www.greencirclegarden.com/

      http://www.pva.org/site/c.ajIRK9NJLc...4A8/Garden.htm

      http://www.coloradogardenclub.com/ac...-disabled.html

      http://www.bevoworks.com/elevated-ga...eds-c-442.html

      http://www.mysquarefootgarden.net/el...rdening-boxes/

      http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produ...-NoFacet-_--_-

      http://www.gardeners.com/Raised-Bed-...efault,sc.html

      http://www.gardeningwithease.com/gwe_garden.html

      http://products.disabled-world.com/c...den-tools.html

      (KLD)
      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        #4
        You can have a raised bed built. This is the easiest way.

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          #5
          Thanks everyone. I am trying to remember that I do need to start small. I've gotten really excited and when that happens I tend to go overboard. I've purchased about 50 different types of seeds already and know that there is no way for me to plant all the things I've purchased. I am going to check into the raised bed idea. That would be great! I'm going through the links Sci-nurse provided now. I can't wait to get started.
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          C4/5 functioning on a C6 level, use of left hand, no triceps

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            #6
            My son has an amazing garden, completely organic, raised boxes - 5 at last count. He gets his seeds from Seed Savers, all are heirloom seeds. He is a c6/7 and gardening has become his second passion. I will try to post some pics (not sure on this new site, but will try) .

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              #7
              One very passionate gardener who has a SCI is Brenda. She has a blog on accessible gardening called access to the garden. She has great garden experience, and won a big award this past yer for her garden. Check out her blog.

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                #8

                Originally posted by Mombo
                My son has an amazing garden, completely organic, raised boxes - 5 at last count. He gets his seeds from Seed Savers, all are heirloom seeds. He is a c6/7 and gardening has become his second passion. I will try to post some pics (not sure on this new site, but will try) .

                Thanks a lot, I would love to see pics if you can get them loaded.
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                C4/5 functioning on a C6 level, use of left hand, no triceps

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                  #9

                  Originally posted by simplicity
                  One very passionate gardener who has a SCI is Brenda. She has a blog on accessible gardening called access to the garden. She has great garden experience, and won a big award this past yer for her garden. Check out her blog.
                  Thanks for the link. I scooted on over to check out her blog and I love it. She is an inspiration to novice like me.
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                  C4/5 functioning on a C6 level, use of left hand, no triceps

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                    #10
                    I have a square foot garden and it's great, easy to pull weeds and if it's elevated, you can do it easily out of a wheelchair, I use a light aluminum folding chair and work it from there.
                    "Would you rather reduce deficits and interest rates by raising revenue from those who are not now paying their fair share, or would you rather accept larger budget deficits, higher interest rates, and higher unemployment? And I think I know your answer." Ronald Reagan"

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                      #11
                      Five gallon buckets for sweet pees and carrots.

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                        #12

                        Originally posted by trekker6
                        I have a square foot garden and it's great, easy to pull weeds and if it's elevated, you can do it easily out of a wheelchair, I use a light aluminum folding chair and work it from there.

                        I thought about doing a square foot garden but I really don't have anyone to make it for me. So I'm going the container garden route using a bunch of 5 gallon buckets. I'm gonna try that self watering method.
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                        C4/5 functioning on a C6 level, use of left hand, no triceps

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                          #13
                          Yeah, I like bald fat dads idea five gallon bucket idea, it makes a lot of sense, but make sure to put drain holes or keep them out of the rain so they don't get flooded, I wonder about hydroponics, some people use fish tanks to fertilize the plants.
                          "Would you rather reduce deficits and interest rates by raising revenue from those who are not now paying their fair share, or would you rather accept larger budget deficits, higher interest rates, and higher unemployment? And I think I know your answer." Ronald Reagan"

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                            #14
                            I cant find the blog, anyone have the link?
                            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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                              #15
                              This will be third year of gardening. Absolutely love it. This is a pic of my two raised beds, then a place we put tomatoes, hot peppers, corn and zucchinis. We tried zucchini in the raised beds the first year but, they over grew and died. So we keep beans and lettuce in the raised. They are essy to work from.
                              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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