This section includes a range of raised beds, standing containers and hanging baskets with features which may enhance their ease of use, such as integral watering systems.
Some of these raised beds are fully assembled on purchase, others will require construction on site.
General benefits of raised beds and planters include: they can be reached easily from the path without stretching, soil is not compacted making it easier to manage, you have control over the soil so you can put in plants or vegetables that might not naturally flourish in your local soil.1 Its worth checking out how much soil is required before purchase as this varies considerably.2
The ideal height of a built raised bed will vary from 60cm to 100cm depending on whether you are standing, sitting or using a wheelchair.3 The width is usually around 100cm if you have access from both sides, or 50cm with access to one side only, the length will vary but is often around 300cm long.3
Kits or fully assembled raised beds can be purchased in a range of shapes and sizes.
Consider how you will water the beds, as they tend to dry out sooner than flower beds - it may be worth considering using an irrigation system.
A medium size hanging basket is probably the best to manage in terms of weight (if you are lifting it) and in terms of watering. Small hanging baskets require more frequent watering.3
Thrive, a national gardening charity have a useful section on gardening sitting down which includes:
The Gardening for disabled trust may provide a grant for people who need to re-organise gardens due to a wide-range of disabilities.View references and sources of further information ›
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