Addressing Mobility Issues with the Square Foot Gardening Method

| 3/20/2019 7:10:00 AM

Square Foot Gardening In Wheelchair

“I would love to garden, but my knees won’t let me.” “I wish I could garden, but my wheelchair won’t let me.” “I don’t have trouble getting down to garden, it’s getting back up.”

What is holding you back from enjoying gardening?

I have personally heard each one of these statements and many more being made by people who once enjoyed gardening, those who never have gardened, and those who would love to garden again. I don’t have all the answers or solutions, but I do have a couple of tips, tricks, and ideas that can make gardening a possibility.

For several years now, I have worked to design and build gardens that allow people with mobility issues to enjoy gardening. My mission at Square Foot Gardening for the Red River Valley is to “provide gardening and its benefits to all, regardless of ability.”

We all age, and with that we discover that things and especially joints and backs don’t allow us the freedom to move as freely as we once could. Some people are restricted to wheelchairs and don’t do well in the soils found in traditional gardens. Our vision is not what it once was, or we never had it. There seems to be an endless number of excuses we can find to eliminate gardening from our vocabulary. I hope to shed some light on these issues and help you find a solution for yourself, your loved ones, or the sweet lady next door to enjoy gardening and all the benefits tied to it.

4/1/2019 9:06:28 AM

Thank you Brian for your support, vision and dedication to Square Foot Gardening. With your beautiful elevated SFG beds, we are able to send another check to our veterans! Laura & Steve Bartholomew, Square Foot Gardening Foundation

3/21/2019 8:27:08 AM

Janet, Check out my site, and send me an email at and I can let you know what I can do to help. Brian

Janet Rosen
3/20/2019 9:27:07 AM

I would love to build one of these raised beds for the nursing home where my mother lives. There are a lot of people in wheelchairs there who would love get outside and do some gardening. Where can I find directions?

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