accessible gardening

Gardener Gardening

Gardener Gardening (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you have a bad back? Or do you simply hate kneeling to do yard work?  Is it in possible that you simply can’t do these things?  Being that it is spring I have decided to write on the topic of gardening, that being said I do not know much about the subject. I feel it is important to talk about subjects that may be related to life with a physical disability because although it may not impact me directly, it is my hope that my insights may help others in the end.

So how do you enjoy a garden when you’re not able to access one? Sure you can enjoy the beauty of it simply by observing it. But I guess what I am trying to say is how do you engage with nature how do you get your hands into that soil. If that is something you desire, when tasks of daily living seem to be laborious?

I guess it comes down to like everything in my life and learning to adapt.  As with anything in my life its about adapting. So, it should come as no surprise that to accomplish a task that isn’t in it’s basic form set up for life in a wheelchair

Suggestions for adapting for to gardening a physical disability

First I think you need to recognize your abilities? Do you have limited use of your hands? Maybe having the grip changed on your gardening tools would help.  Raising the beds is also a good option for people with limited mobility why not make your life easier and bring your work closer to you?

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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One Response to accessible gardening

  1. Laura says:

    there are raised gardening beds. Just use your hands to dig. You’re going to get dirty anyway.

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