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#112765 June 27th, 2005 at 04:21 AM
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Along with Bill's marvelous raised bed or as an alternative, a person with disabilities might want to consider vertical gardening.

Many vegetables and of course, fruits and flowers, can be trained to grow in this manner.

While planning a vertical garden either alone or in conjunction with a raised bed, planter box or other container, you will need to keep in mind two important things;

1) How high you can safely and comfortably reach and
2) the stability of the vertical structure to avoid accidents.

Consider the possibilities for vertical gardening: there are trellises of countless designs and materials, A-frames,fences and fences with twine and poles added, towers, teepees, stakes and cages, netting and elaborate systems of ropes and pulleys, all the way to espaliers and cordons.

#112766 August 3rd, 2005 at 09:38 AM
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Here is a link to a photo that is a sketch of a vertical garden in a barrel with central pole configuration. All of these photos are from Janeen R. Adil's classic work "Accesible Gardening For People With Disabilities", Woodbine House, publishers.

Vertical Garden In A Barrel

#112767 August 3rd, 2005 at 09:40 AM
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Here is a link to a photo of a sketch of a vertical garden in a doorway configuration.

Vertical Doorway Garden

#112768 August 3rd, 2005 at 09:57 AM
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Here is a link to a photo of a very elaborate, but permanent vertical garden.

Elaborate Permanent Vertical Garden


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