Converting my garden to Accessible

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  1. jbest123

    jbest123 In Flower

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    I converted my conventional garden to hard side raised bed gardening in 2008. My garden is in two different areas in the yard. The first two photos are of these gardens.
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    The next photo is an accessory that I made to help me to get up and down.
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    The accessory helped for a couple of years but because of declining health conditions, I decided to convert these gardens to accessible gardens. The beds were increased to a depth of 20” and moved to provide a pathway for my scooter. I can now drive my scooter into the garden, park along side of a bed, swivel the seat toward the bed and work on what ever without getting up or down.

    My oldest son John came in from PSU and built the first half of my accessible garden. Just finished the first box in the first photo and a final inspection in the second photo. The third photo he is building the top half of the second box and you can see some of the remnants of the old garden to his back. The fourth photo just finishing the third and forth boxes. And the last photo is an overall view of the garden. In case you are wondering what my job was , it was staying the He** out of the way, sit in the shade and drink beer. So I did and a good job also.
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    This is my Grandson Dan. Sorry for the apple branch in front of his face. He is in the process of top dressing the fall leaves and decorations. There is nothing that will excite a red worm like pumpkin. There will be substantial shrinkage by Spring and I will top dress again with composted horse bedding.
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    This is the upper garden completed except for the removal of the cyclone fence in the center and the mulching
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  3. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    So happy that you can still get out there and garden. Some people just give up... I like how you're making it accessible. And it's not just that... it looks great too! Really looking forward to seeing those beds filled up with yummyness.
    Great job of staying out of the way too! :D
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    John that's just the kind of garden I could do with here. After two knees and a hip being replaced I find it difficult to get down and do the garden the way I used to. You've found the perfect solution to allow you to keep on doing what you enjoy. John and Dan have done a grand job for you and you must be so proud of them. Happy growing!! :-D
     
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  5. jbest123

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    I won't give up but in the near future I will be container gardening on a balcony.
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Looks great!
     
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    that's a nice place.
     
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    Looks really great and what a great idea too :)
     
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    That's a really good work you are doing there it looks very interesting there and hope to see more pictures once's it gets completed.
     

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