Country Lore: Wheelchair Gardening

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ILLUSTRATION: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
Wheelchair gardening is just a matter of raising garden beds high enough for chair users to reach them.

Handycaps Unlimited, of Washington, D.C., writes to remind us all that “this is the International Decade for the Disabled — so why not provide a Country Lore feature on disabled gardening?” Why not, indeed? And here’s the suggestion HU provided. “Stack three discarded automobile tires atop each other and fill the resulting container with good soil. This is exactly the height of a wheelchair seat, allowing a handicapped gardener to tend his or her crops from the chair. A series of these three-tire planters placed in a straight line down the garden makes wheelchair gardening possible using the space alongside the row of tires as a pathway.”