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    Accessible Flower Beds

    I was wondering if anyone has plans for, seen or uses a flowerbed that you can roll under. I've seen lots of ideas for beds you can get beside of but I'd like to be able to roll under so I'd be able to use both arms and hands. I guess this idea could be something of an issue because of the weight of materials and dirt and you being right underneath it, I don't know???
    Any ideas/thoughts are appreciated! Thanks!

    #2
    Shouldn't be a big deal. The biggest challenge is keeping it high enough to roll under, but low enough to work comfortably from a sitting position.

    The weight isn't really that big an issue. Many flowers can be grown successfully in relatively shallow soil. Of course, the bigger and heavier the container, the stronger a structure you need to keep it in the air.

    The possibilities are only limited by your space, budget and imagination. One cheap and easy way would be to get a stout old dining or kitchen table at a yard sale and place flower pots on top. There are probably commercial products that fill the bill, and you can have anything in the world built.

    Maybe give us an idea of what you would desire.
    Foolish

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      #3
      In Vancouver I've seen tabletop gardens. They are not very deep but you can roll right under them. This article is the only example I could find:

      http://frugaldad.com/2008/03/03/how-...e-foot-garden/

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        #4
        There are a few books specifically about gardening from a w/c,
        try to find titles and request from your public library.
        The Square Foot Gardening book/site http://www.squarefootgardening.com/
        features some elevated beds like those you describe and there are plans & info on the web at several sites, for example:
        http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/617936/

        Good luck, and have fun with your garden.

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          #5
          Here is an interesting design:



          found it here

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            #6
            I sort of have that by default because I bought metal retangular baskets that came with hooks to attach to my balcony railings. They are lined with the absorpbant organic material that needs to be replaced every couple of years because it rots out, but the metal holders should last as long as me.

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              #7
              I was just recently discussing this with some people working at another rehab center, and sent them pictures of the ones we have in our horticultural therapy program (below) but also the following links for both commercial and do-it-yourself.

              http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.mtKZKgMWKwG/b.5300837/k.7D2E/Gardening_from_a_Wheelchair.htm
              http://www.chesavage.com/planterbox/

              http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_N_garden12.476870e.html

              http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2009/06/lazysusan-garden-universal-design-wheelchair-bound-gardener.html

              http://www.carryongardening.org.uk/top-tips-for-disabled-gardeners.aspx

              http://www.enasco.com/product/Z19765C

              http://www.terraform.fr/index.php?en

              http://www.terraform.fr/index.php?en

              http://eartheasy.com/store/proddetail.php?prod=3636

              http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/accessible/msg111724001907.html

              http://www.gardeners.com/Tomato-Success-Trolley/VegetableGardening_TerrificTomatoes,36-484,default,cp.html

              http://www.gardeners.com/Stand-Up-Garden/PotsPlanters_SelfWateringPlanters,38-554,default,cp.html

              Raised beds can work if you can lean over also. I recently installed raised beds in my yard that are 4'X8' and 28" high. You can see pictures of them here (they are recycled plastic that looks like wood):

              https://www.carecure.net/forum/showp...&postcount=244

              These were built for our SCI Center by some local Boy Scouts:
              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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                #8
                Thanks a Bunch, some great advice. My husband is planning away! I will post pics when it's done.

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                  #9
                  There's a guy out in Suffolk long island makes these very cool pots for gardening via a chair.

                  I'll need to find the ad. It was in Able newspaper if you want to google. i'll look later as i want one or two myself.
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                    #10
                    DMR, having an accessible garden is such a cool idea. My friend and I built a raised and partially accessible raised garden bed with a pond but not all of it is accessible. If you would like more information on it, please PM me.
                    Last edited by med100; 28 Jan 2010, 2:39 PM.

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                      #11
                      It's done! My crafty husband built this flower bed for me. I helped paint it and now it's full of flowers and herbs--such fun for me!

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                        #12
                        That is great! Does your hubby rent out for odd jobs elsewhere?

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                          #13
                          Fantastic! A great idea... I like that it's long and narrow... really doesn't take up alot of space.

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                            #14
                            My box garden

                            DMR, nice garden. I have a similar one for growing greens.

                            It has a wire mesh screen underneath to keep soil from falling on the deck and to keep air circulating.
                            Here are a couple of photos.

                            Gary
                            Gary Is = L-1 Para for 34 years.....................
                            ~~~~~~~~~~

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                              #15
                              Thanks Gary, yours looks great as well!

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