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Gardening Tips: An Accessible Garden

by Elyse V

Gardening is a favourite pastime of mine and has been for many years. The pandemic saw many first-time gardeners try their hand at it and others expanded their repertoire to include new varieties. Regardless of where you fall on the gardening experience spectrum, gardening tips are always a good thing.

While I love gardening, it isn’t necessarily especially easy for me. I have an ongoing ankle issue and deal with chronic pain. This means standing for long periods of time on uneven dirt or bending in a lunge position puts more weight on my bad ankle. Even staying in a kneeling position poses issues for me that causes more unnecessary pain. When I had the opportunity to redo my backyard, I jumped at the opportunity to make my favourite pastime more inline with my mobility needs.


My previous garden had a boarder that was no more than 5 or so inches above the ground which made planting and weeding very difficult. So instead of just redoing it with a new boarder and more/better dirt, I changed to raised planters. The white raised planters I purchased are about four feet by four feet squares. This year we added a homemade planter box that’s eight feet long and two feet wide. I also have a few smaller planters that have a fantastic array of herbs in them.

The raised planters alleviate a lot of the issues I had with the old garden. I can stand on the level earth of the backyard, I’m only bending at the waist which puts less stress on my legs. Also, these planters have bottom with drainage holes so the weeding is negligible.

Raised planters changed the gardening game for me. Now I can enjoy fresh herbs, vegetables, and lettuce without unnecessary pain and suffering. Not to mention they are a very cute decorative addition to any yard or patio.

Do you have any gardening tips or ideas you share that helped to make gardening (or any hobby) more accessible to you? Let me know in the comments. Having mobility issues or being disabled does not mean you can’t still enjoy hobbies. Let’s share our stories.

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