Asked on Apr 25, 2017

Small garden, needs a revamp

PeanutbutterLinda HuntJanet
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My garden is small and now due to crippling disabilities I am unable to attend to it as I like, due to my disabilities family members have put some of my plants into containers, replanted others elsewhere in unsuitable soil, but not to my taste, the other parts of garden is lawn (not level) can you give me a few ideas? please
6 answers
  • Landsharkinnc
    Landsharkinnc
    on Apr 25, 2017

    I too have had to scale down my 5 acres of 'yard' and let a lot of it 'naturalize' -- I keep annuals in pots on my deck - just for color as my deck is deeply shaded I stick with Impatiens, Rex Begonias, etc., and then on the side of the house, within comfortable/safe walking distance I have potted Tomatoes -- I usually stick with the smaller varities - Sweet Sally ( salad tomato, similar to a Roma), and a couple of Cherry or Grape types that are very prolific, but small bush types.
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Apr 25, 2017

    Do you want more flowers?
  • Flu18056176
    Flu18056176
    on Apr 25, 2017

    I love gardening but am not able to kneel anymore. One great thing I found is raised garden beds. The larger home centers have them to purchase. They look gorgeous and are high enough to stand at, or sit my wheely cart next to, so I can still enjoy gardening my way.
  • Janet
    Janet
    on Apr 25, 2017

    You may have to go with small raised beds depending on your disability if you have the funds to have someone level your yard pathways are always good have them cemented so they are wheelchair friendly and plant along them

  • Linda Hunt
    Linda Hunt
    on Apr 26, 2017

    I have lived through this experience and have found ways to still garden, but I am not sure how disabled you are and it is such a personal question to ask a stranger. If you can give me a general idea maybe some of the ways I was taught by a Master Gardener could work for you too, thus allowing you the pleasure of being grounded in the dirt!! Oh, yes, city or country living will make a difference. Regards, Linda
    P.S. The loveliest part of this question is that you have not given up and are determinded to find a way. Yahoooo
    • Kathleen McCafferty
      Kathleen McCafferty
      on Apr 26, 2017

      Where do I start, I was diagnosed with Severe Osteoarthritis, Cervical Spondylosis, Primary Lymphedema and Type 2 Diabetes, until I got the Spondylosis I had little pain and able to walk, now I can barely move.
      I had a back garden but my youngest son got friends to concrete it and make it wheelchair friendly, I love plenty of flowers, at the moment I have what I call St. Anthonys Lily, Laferteria Bush, 3 Rose Trees, 3 Hydrangeas, 2 Flame Bushes(where the top leaves of the Bush turn Red) and a Honeysuckle Climber, I used to put up Hanging Baskets with petunias. My garden is a mess at the moment with humpback and bumps sending you a few photo's thanks for your help
  • Peanutbutter
    Peanutbutter
    on Apr 26, 2017

    Good for you! Keep on gardening. Ask your family to put in some raised beds, they don't have to build them...go to the farm and garden store for stock feeding and watering containers, they are just the right height at about 2 ft. I have a larger garden in these containers than I had in the ground, so much easier to work with. Also, for soil I go to Home Depot and get the Kellogg brand (cheap) in large bags and used a few bags of potting mix on the top. Feed well and water. Good luck! Have a plan so the family does it your way!
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