8 ways to make gardening more accessible if you’re a wheelchair user

If you’re a wheelchair user, you might not be able to kneel – and bending over from a sitting position to do tasks at floor level can place strain on your body. But, by bringing your garden up to your level, you will hopefully be able to work more comfortably, without the worry of hurting yourself.

A raised bed is a gardening bed that’s been built up from the ground. As they can be built to any size, the height of your beds will be down to personal preference and will likely depend on the height of your chair. However, to give you a general idea of what most people find comfortable, it’s recommended that they be at least 24 inches high.

While using raised beds in your garden is beneficial from an accessibility perspective, they’re also a way for you to introduce an area of different soil into your garden. This is helpful if the soil naturally found in your garden is quite poor or you want to match plants with the type of soil that best suits their growing conditions.

Plus using raised beds increases drainage, which makes them ideal for growing a variety of plants from fruit and vegetables to herbaceous perennials.

When deciding where you’d like to place your raised beds, it’s most important to think about it from an accessibility point of view. For instance, where’s easiest to get to? And where’s relatively flat, so you can park your chair beside them and work easily?

Though you’ll also need to consider placing your raised beds in places where they can get the right amount of sunlight. Plus, if you’d like them to be a dynamic and interesting feature of your garden, you might want to get creative with the layout.

If you decide you want to add raised beds to your garden, then you have a few options, the first of which is enlisting the help of a landscape gardener. They can help you build and install your raised beds, and suggest some ideas for layout and design.

You can also order made-to-measure raised beds like these ones from Wood Blox. These are fully customisable and just need putting together. Or you can choose from a range of sizes and shapes at certain gardening centres, like Homebase.

Alternatively, if you’re into woodworking and carpentry, you could try making your own.

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