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    Gardening

    Has anyone else been playing in the dirt? Anyone have any good tips, esp. for limited hand function?

    Wal-Mart had good hand tool. Big wood handles 2" diameter w/ rubber grips-for 1.50 each! If you have good upper body strength or one good leg, you can dig with a sharpshooter (long skinny bladed spade)from your wheelchair.
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    I got my numb leg in an ant pile and didn't know it until I came in. Lucky I wasn't still in Texas, fire ants would have eaten me alive.

    Planted 4 tomatoes, ordered hostas and 2 shrubs.

    Saw an idea-bury soda bottles with pinholes in the bottom of them when you plant. Just fill them with water. Should encourage deep roots and less maintenance.

    Y'all chime in-it's springtime! (Finally)


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    I have always wanted to get a Cannibus garden, maybe one of these days.

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    Senior Member mk99's Avatar
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    "I have always wanted to get a Cannibus garden, maybe one of these days."

    I've always wanted a big lush cannabis garden too Curtis. I guess I'll just have to move to Holland.

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    Betheny , taking the idea of putting a bottle below the root zone of shrubs etc , i used to put a piece of hose [ use a size that just fits into opening and then tape around it ] into the top of the bottle . cut the hose long enough so that the top end of it is above ground level after burying bottle . then fill this every few days [depending on climate etc ] .

    thank you
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    every day i wake up is a good one .

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    Bethany, I use normal garden tools. Then again I dont have any problems with grip. I dug a new flower bed last week and put soil in it saturday. Now if it quits raining I'll go and get some flowers. Last year I dug a pond in the corner of the back yard. Took a few days but I got it done. My perinials I planted last year have come up

    "Often our suffering or the suffering of others blinds us to the reality that the sovereign God is working His own good purposes through a fallen world"

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    I would love to garden too but bending over with no trunk control doesn't work and using gardening tools is difficult with limited hand function. Having a raised garden would be neat.

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    Here are a few adapted gardening sites:

    http://geocities.com/Heartland/Flats/1391/disabled.html

    http://www.hort.vt.edu/human/pub426020d.html

    http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homep...m/homepage.htm

    http://www.uchsc.edu/atp/library/fas..._equipment.htm

    http://www.achievableconcepts.com.au/garden.htm

    http://www.store.yahoo.com/capabilit...andgarden.html

    http://abe.sdstate.edu/agrability/rat/lwngrd.html


    Books:

    Adil, Janeen (1994). Accessible Gardening for People with Physical Disabilities: A guide to Methods, Tools, and Plants. Woodbine House.

    Blease, Peter ed. (1990). Able to Garden: A Practical Guide for Disabled and Elderly Gardeners. Horticultural Therocey, Great Britain.

    Rothert, Gene (1994). Enabling Gardening: Creating Barrier-Free Gardens. Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas.

    Woy, Joann (1997). Accessible Gardening: Tips & Techniques for Seniors & the Disabled. Stackpole Books.

    Yeomons, Kathleen (1992). The Able Gardener: Overcoming Barriers of Age and Physical Limitations. Garden Way Publishing.

    (KLD)

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    I filled some big cow water tanks that had holes in em with dirt so I dont have to bend over and play in the dirt

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    Seneca, Put me up for two weeks and I'll bring my tools and build your raised beds. I'll be down about January.

    "Often our suffering or the suffering of others blinds us to the reality that the sovereign God is working His own good purposes through a fallen world"

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    Originally posted by Pat(wheelinarcher):

    Seneca, Put me up for two weeks and I'll bring my tools and build your raised beds. I'll be down about January.
    Hehe, ok. They're basically just wooden boxes on a platform right?

    Great resources KLD, thank you.

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