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Posted on 30 June 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

Reader Question: Raised Beds for Wheelchairs

raised-bedsBy Vanessa Richins

Anna:

“Hello, please could you tell me if there is a recommended height for raised beds , for wheel chair users , both children and adults?  Thank you.”

Hi Anna! In doing my research, one resource I found was for the Dowling Community Garden. They have built raised beds meant to be accessed by both seniors and those in wheelchairs. They suggest that a suitable height for wheelchair users is 24″ high. You may want to lower it a few inches if the raised bed is meant for children in wheelchairs.

More tips come from a wonderful article by an intern at Oklahoma State University. She suggests making the beds 4′ wide if they will be accessed from either side, or making them just 2′ wide if the gardener will only be able to access one side.

The bed should be Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 28 April 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

Lasagna Gardening: It’s Not Just for Dinner Anymore

By Vanessa Richins

One gardening method that works very well for urban gardens is lasagna gardening.

I’m not talking about growing tomatoes, oregano and basil together (as heavenly as that sounds right now).

Lasagna gardening, rather, is a bed preparation technique that requires no tilling or digging. You won’t need a separate compost bin, either. It can also be used for containers.

The name lasagna gardening refers to the layering technique used to build up the bed. First, you select the Read the rest of this entry »

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