I don’t know about you, but few things make me happier than having my hands in the dirt and watching plants grow. I’m not an expert gardener, but it’s a hobby I’ve always enjoyed. Sadly, when I became sick, it was also one of the first hobbies I had to let go. Kneeling in the dirt, gripping garden tools, and hauling watering cans to the garden beds just wasn’t feasible anymore. It took me some time to find solutions, but I’m happy to say I’m back in the garden again. If gardening is something you enjoy, there are many creative ways to make it workable. Here are just a few to get you started.
I love just about everything about this garden bench. The cedar is beautiful. Wouldn’t this be a wonderful place to rest in the backyard, or along a path? The two planter boxes are small enough to be manageable, and just the right size for a pretty planting of flowers or a small container vegetable garden. All of the planting, weeding, harvesting, and admiring can be done comfortably from the bench seat. And when you’re not gardening, it still makes for a beautiful place to rest and enjoy the outdoors!
These raised garden beds are stunning. The separate angled spaces are perfectly constructed to make them wheelchair accessible. There is plenty of room to roll up to the edge and garden to your heart’s content! The raised bed design means they can be placed on a patio or large balcony, or set in the grass in a backyard. Even if wheelchair accessibility isn’t a necessity for you, a raised bed can be far more comfortable than kneeling in the dirt. I constructed raised beds in my backyard so that I can simply lean over and do my gardening, and it has been instrumental in getting me back into the garden. Raised beds typically require less weeding (a plus!), although they may need a little more watering. These beds are the perfect side for flowers or vegetables.
A sturdy raised bed such as these is another great option for accessible gardening. The space between these narrow beds allows for easy access to all sides. The height is perfect for sitting on the edge and leaning into the garden–no kneeling necessary! You could even add a narrow board along the edge of the beds to create a ledge for sitting. As with all raised beds, these require less weeding. A soaker hose woven through the bed could allow for easy watering without the need to do any extra work. These are a great option for vegetables, especially, but they could be beautiful brimming with flowers too.
For serious low-maintenance gardening, it doesn’t get much easier than this raised planter! The height is ideal for easy access, and this planter is self-watering! The cedar is long-lasting and deters pests, too. This would be beautiful along a patio, or even out in the yard. Perfect for most vegetables or for a beautiful array of flowers.
Sometimes gripping the tools needed for gardening can be a challenge, either because of pain or weakness or any other limitation. This device is absolutely ingenious! It allows the bulk of the force to be provided by the forearm, without the need to grip or lift weight with the hand. The arm bar can be attached to a variety of gardening tools for any job in the garden. This would be an amazing asset in the garden for just about any task.
While this tool does require some gripping, it eliminates the need to bend while weeding. Simply step on the foot attachment to guide the claw toward weed roots, squeeze the trigger, and pull up the weed! Much easier than bending and pulling or digging weeds by hand.
This little cart is a fantastic asset to make gardening more accessible! The large wheels would be easy to roll over all types of terrain, and the adjustable seat height makes it easier to get to all kinds of garden beds. Plus, all of your tools can be carried in the basket so that they are easily accessible.
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