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Container Gardening For The Senior or Handicap Gardner

Container Gardening for the senior or handicap person has never been easier. If you are a passionate senior or disabled gardener who has limited mobility that prevents you from doing conventional gardening, then container gardening could be for you. Although, with its ease of setting up and little maintenance, anyone can be a container gardener.

Clean paint or pet food containers make great gardening containers

Clean paint or pet food containers make great gardening containers

Many of us live in apartments or smaller homes and do not have the space to plant large gardens. Container gardening allows us to calm that “green thumb gardening bug” we have deep in us, while making it easy for us to maintain and harvest our bounty.

Many a patio, balcony or porch, no matter how small, can be the site for your container garden. Even the smallest of areas can be a good location for a few productive pots. You can design a container garden to suit your space and needs. Having a disability plus being a senior, I try to make gardening as easy as possible for myself.

I collect containers from where ever I can. No friend or neighbor is safe from my inquiring of what they are going to do with that large can, when the coffee is gone. Several containers you can find for free is: pet food containers, old tires, milk crates, sturdy cardboard boxes which I use for planting potatoes. You would be surprised at the amount of potatoes you can grow in 3 or 4 12’x24’ boxes. When it’s time to harvest, you just cut down the side and let the potatoes fall out.

You can make your garden portable by placing your containers in an old wagon or cart. If you do not get enough sun for your tomatoes on one side of your patio, you can roll it to the other side when the sun moves.

Being able to place your containers off the ground makes this form of gardening ideal for the seniors or people in wheelchairs. There will be little bending or using heavy garden tools. This is one of the most positive benefits of growing plants in containers and shows you just how versatile, container gardening can be.

 

Your Own Little Garden, Using Vertical Gardening

Have you ever dreamed of having your own little garden but think you do not have the space or time?  Vertical Gardening could be your answer, even if you live in an apartment or only have a few square feet of space on a patio or balcony. Yes, vertical gardening is just the thing for smaller locations.

Vertical vegetable gardening allows you to use the smallest places to produce pounds of fresh produce, season after season.

Here are some tips to get you started.
[1] You need to decide what veggies you would love to grow on your own as opposed to buying. Then you must do a little research to see if those items are a right fit for your climate and soil.

[2] Vertical vegetable gardening is not difficult as long as you have built up the necessary back knowledge. For example, in most cases, if you live up north in Montana or Alaska, growing watermelons may not be an option unless you have a greenhouse with heat.
Think more alone the lines of herbs,  climbing cucumbers or green beans. Bush plants work well for vertical gardening, also

Using a shoe storage bag is an excellent way to grow vertically.

Using a shoe storage bag is an excellent way to grow vertically.

[3] Gather as much information as you can and that includes the type of tools you will need. For most of your needs with containers and vertical gardening you will only need hand tools.

Gardening is a game of patience, for the most part.  If you remain calm and are patient you will soon be amazed at your results in your vertical garden.