I deeply desire to grow my own food (or at least a portion of it), however, as an MS warrior, gardening presents different challenges than most gardeners.
Despite these challenges, I am serious about providing healthy, pesticide-free produce for me and my family. And so I’m digging in (see what I just did there 😀 ?) and embracing some alternatives to growing my own disability-accommodating garden.
My Gardening Challenges
I’m not always able to get up/down to ground level, so I know I’ll definitely need a raised option in order to put in and tend to my garden.
Here in Southern Colorado, we live in alpine desert. This presents its own set of gardening challenges, as well. I needed to figure out ways to be able to bring certain plants inside to protect them from the unfavorable weather conditions here.
The following 3 options are gardening alternatives that I’ve narrowed down and am planning on implementing in the next couple of weeks.
We have a lot of extra pallets here on Friendly Acres! I would love to put a few of them to good use by putting in a raised version of this pallet garden. The straight, thin rows ensure that there would be fewer weeds to attend to, and having a raised option gives me the accessibility that a ground garden does not. Have you tried this? If so, I would love to hear your comments!
Fruit Trees in Planters
The grow season is relatively short here in Colorado. Spring snows into May are not uncommon here, so we are limited on what, and when we can grow.
I’ve seen lots of articles about planting fruit in containers. Things like oranges, lemons, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, tangerines and limes can grow well this way.
I’m very excited about trying this, as I love all the fruits listed above and they are a staple in my MS diet. We also have a very bright sun room in our house that I could bring the containers into when the weather is too chilly for them outside.
I can’t wait to implement this beauty! This was a great find for me. I can grow herbs that hang right off my deck, or any other convenient place that doesn’t require me to stoop and bend. I LOVE to cook, and am excited about using herbs from my very own garden to season my dishes!
So that’s it! Three disability-accommodating ways to overcome gardening challenges and grow your own food. I’ll keep you posted on how things are going! In the interim, be sure to join my email list and share this blog with your friends! Till next time!