Middle South

February, 2006
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Make Gardens Accessible
If you are finding it more and more difficult to continue gardening because of physical challenges, don't despair. There are tools and techniques to help you to continue to enjoy your hobby. For example, a simple trellis or tepee will allow you to harvest beans, squash, and other vining plants with ease. Just be sure to choose vining -- not bush -- varieties. Raised beds can be a simple mound of soil or a more elaborate construction of wood or stone, but either way they'll allow you to sow, maintain, and harvest without bending all the way over. Large containers placed just outside the doorway can enable people with even the severest physical limitations to enjoy growing things.

If you are able, consider volunteering to help neighbors and others in your community to continue to enjoy the life-enhancing hobby of gardening. Perhaps you can help build a raised bed, spend an afternoon planting, or otherwise provide a hand. Whether you need some help or have time and energy to offer, your local garden club or community center may be able to help point you in the right direction.

Web Finds

Garden Forever
The Garden Forever Web site is devoted to providing gardening information to people of all ages, abilities, and lifestyles. The site includes how-to articles and advice on addressing specific problems (such as allergies), as well as profiles of successful "special needs" gardening programs and general inspirational essays about the joys of gardening.

If you are interested in sharing your love of gardening, the American Horticultural Therapy Association Web site lists chapters across the country.

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