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Re:gardening 2 years 1 week ago #59019

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On a different 'thread', riversidemarie said...

"Will as you are the one who has shown any interrest have tagged it on to what looks like very old gardening site blog. For your delectation a few thoughts on gardening for the disabled - tongue in cheek and knowing this site in installments! Well where do we begin? A name : The Naked Gardener! Raises expectations for the garden next year and the neighbours. Do not have potted plants, spillinng over every surface. No juicy Jungles. You want to appear needy, very needy - you want help! A gasping died out cactus should suffice. The sort of person you want passing the portals is the type who bought their Christmas cards in January in the sales and then proceeded throughout the year to bargain hunt suitable presents. All beautifully wrapped tthat youu don't want, don't like and will probably recycle next year.Start waxing lyrical over sexy secateurs, triumphant trowels and splendid spades.That you are desperate to have, in fact your very life depends upon them.Got the Message.No don't ask for a heated greenhouse. This is pushing friendship too far and we are only just out of a recession!"

Where do I start? The lawn here, has been cut just once this year and is now becoming the domaine of exotic flora and fauna. Should I just get it paved over? What are your views on 'raised beds'? Or have you found 'containers' more convenient? I like evergreens and ferns, any advice on these in a confined space? Houseplants. I have none at the moment, but would like some 'green' indoors over Winter. Not too bothered about colour, just something alive! (This the first time I've been without a Spider Plant in 20 years!). This thread seems to have started off as a dating agency, so I hope to see you behind the potting shed for future guidance...

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gardening 1 year 6 months ago #61173

You sound very knowledgable and i'm not sure which of these gardening threads is "active"...can mods maybe merge them?
Cuz I'm getting unable to do the actual work I paid chaps to do stuff last year.So now I have containers, on a semi shady bit of garden (its shaded by the shed and a bloody great ash tree 2 doors away)
So there we have cyclamens and fern in one, black helebores in no 2 and scabiosa mariposa (bees loved that one). A jasmine and a clematis (theres posh word forit but can't remeber.) They are to cover the wall of the shed. Lavender in another.
Also built 2 tyre towers - FREE raised beds...old tyres are dumped and can be got for NOWT. I have one 3 tyres tall and one 2 tyres tall. You put down back membrane to discourage weed. Then rocks of gravel for drainage. Then filled it with mixture of bought and home made compost. The black tyres heat the soil.I have over the years grown all sorts in em.I am aided by the fact that boyfriend is gardener....its ohone a friend (will this grow in my garden...) sadly he's in London with CRF and on dialysis, which means he rarely gets here long enough to tackle the work!! Frustrating for both of us!
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gardening 1 year 6 months ago #61184

Hi, what do you do to control weeds on the exposed surface? With sunight energy available I would think they would be more of a problem? than those below in the dark.

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Phil Duke Ph.D.
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gardening 1 year 6 months ago #61185

If the membrane is doing its job, that stops a lot. As does filling it with home made and bought compost. Slugs are rare, cuz the little buggers can't climb the rubber...(win-win there) so weeds tend to be easily pulled up, shallow rooted ones. Mind you the guys who did work last year put gravel around as a mulch and thats stopped everything DEAD!

The terror in my garden is from the ash tree 2 doors down. Its higher than a house and HUGE. Needless to say, this time of year the seeds are everywhere and seedlings come thru. With them, I do stray from my organic ways and wage chemical warfare. Also with some ivy which had eaten my fence. It had little barbs in, VERY tricky to budge, so we waged warfare to kill it off....it was having plans to colonise the garden.
With containers it easier to say, "Well you ain't mint/chard/rosemary etc so out you come!!"
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Accessible gardening 10 months 2 days ago #63569

Hi everybody, www.ablehere.com/media/kunena/emoticons/wink.png

so I was searching for wheelchair accessible gardens and there are so few to choose from. The Vegtrug (isnt really wheelchair accessible) The Terraform which is pretty good but Pricey at $1200.00.. and the Green Circle Garden which seems to be the best of the lot and cheaper than the Terraform. you can see the garden at www.greencirclegarden.com

The first image is the Green Circle Garden and the Second image is the Terraform.






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Accessible gardening 10 months 2 days ago #63570

Hi there, I see you are basically looking for raised beds for wheelchair users. You'll find if you google raised beds, a whole lad of answers pop up. some practical and some not so. Some expensive and some not so.
Best answer is so get someone to build exactly what you want - if you have the money! Great place for ideas is Instructables.
Or Remap - Specialise in coming up with designs to assist the disabled. Can't help seeing on you profile that you are a product designer and wonder if this is a slightly sneaky way of slipping in your design????

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Accessible gardening 10 months 2 days ago #63573

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Armourius, is this your business?

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gardening 10 months 1 day ago #63575

Hi Ladyship and Karl,

Yes I'm a product designer and its a little gem I designed and put my all into making it a reality. I have made many protoypes and gifted them to disabled childrens schools and care homes with the intent of improving quality of life and well being through garden therapy. I am now confident (with the feedback of Schools, carehomes and 3 years growing in it) that the final design is the most comfortable and powerful grow tool for a seated or standing gardener.

I'm just trying to solve the issue many members in forums are discussing with regards to making wheelchair gardening more accessible. I designed a really specialized product on a hunch when my Grandmother said whilst in care, that what she missed most was her garden, lightbulb on, so I set out to make her one.

Forgive me for trying to be sneaky but this product does accessible gardening justice and I'm sure many members would like to know about its existence and to maybe learn more about it. What are your thoughts on the functionality of it? This is what an accessible urban garden would look like in a childrens school or assisted living home.


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gardening 9 months 4 weeks ago #63599

Nevertheless, this forum is NOT the place to advertise. If you can afford to do all that then you can have your own website or approach firms who would take you up on it.

If you read my original reply you'll see there are other ideas out there.

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