Gardening modifications for people with limitations

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — Now that spring is here, many people are preparing to plant their gardens for the season. Unfortunately, due to physical or spatial limitations some folks are not able to experience the joys of gardening. The good news is that these limitations don’t have to prevent you or a loved one from experiencing the joys of gardening, said Leacey Brown SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist.

She encouraged those with spatial or physical limitations to contact their local Master Gardener to learn about practical solutions.

“The SDSU Extension Master Gardeners provide a wealth of information about gardening in spite of limitations,” she said.

Brown referenced SDSU Extension Master Gardeners, Mel and Tammy Glover. The Rapid City gardeners applied for a grant so they can build a demonstration model of an 30-inch high raised bed at the Canyon Lake Senior Center Education Garden.

“They lovingly call them “bunkers.” Mel indicated these beds are great for people of all ages and abilities. He even suggested these beds work well on slopes. Mel said the legs on one side of the bed can be shortened to keep it level. This is a great option when confronted with physical and spatial limitations,” Brown said.

The bunkers are half filled with yard waste compost from Rapid City’s Solid Waste facility. The remainder of the soil can be bagged potting mix or good quality top soil mixed half and half with compost to keep it light and loose. The bunkers are easy to water and can be covered to prevent pest problems.

For more information about gardening modifications, contact Mary Roduner, SDSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Field Specialist, or visit the Black Hills Gardens website, or call SDSU Extension Master Gardener Hotline: Aberdeen region- 605-626-2870, Rapid City region- 605-394-6814 or Sioux Falls region-605-782-3298.