Gardening after disability
I broke my sacrum in 2016. This accident changed my life. I went from being an active 30 year old woman to being bedridden for months. A year later my family moved from our house in the city to 12 acres in a rural part of WA. Now that we are here we are busy trying our hands at the homesteading thing.
I am constantly experimenting with ways of getting stuff done that used to be simple tasks and now are not. Gardening is a passion for me. Now it is also a challenge for me. I have grown in mounds. However my chickens toss everything around and cause mischief. Also mounds are still low to the ground not easy for me. So my next idea was a raised bed.
I’m not talking about six inches off the ground this is waist high for me. I also hate wasting anything, so it had to be made from used materials we already had on our homestead. I quickly decided on some used chicken wire and 2x4s from a building we took apart. It is functional but maybe not the prettiest...
I filled it with logs and tree branches halfway. I added some grass clippings and topped it off with soil. I added herbs and strawberries and other plants to the top. However I quickly realized that the best part was I had tremendous increased my growing space. I could plant on five sides of this box! With the right growing medium the potential is exponential. I have even thought of the business potential.
What have you done to overcome a hardship?
Any tips for gardening with disabilities?
Show me pictures of your excessively raised beds.
What do you fill your raised beds with?
The first image is today 4/1/20. The second image is just after building and filling the bed.
Any thoughts or ideas are welcome and appreciated !
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