Accessible gardening is a fun way for individuals with disabilities to connect with nature. Gardening is healing for the mind, body and spirit. Not to mention, accessible gardening can provide delicious produce for a healthier diet. This spring, I decided to test out my green thumb with a small garden.
I have to admit my green thumb is very green. As a matter of fact, I don’t have a single plant in my apartment. With this in mind, I decided to start off slow and easy this year by planting a few tomato plants, a few pepper plants and some lemon grass. My mom and caregiver, Crystal, helped me plant them all in one of three raised garden beds my apartment building provides.
I have a neighbor, Keith, who is a very successful gardener. He has several ground level gardens in the back of our building. Additionally, he has beautiful flower gardens all around our building. Surprisingly, Keith is a quadriplegic and depends on a sip and puff ventilator. He creates these beautiful gardens with the help of his caregivers.
As we were planting, I drove my mom crazy with all kinds of questions. There are so many things I want to learn to make my gardening adventure a success. As I mentioned in a previous post, I am tweaking my diet by adding more fresh produce. Accessible gardening is a great way for me to accomplish this inexpensively.
In my quest for obtaining a greener thumb, I searched the internet for accessible gardening. I read about the benefits of gardening. Accessible gardening is beneficial for the mind, body and spirit.
Here are just a few benefits of accessible gardening
- Cognitive- Designing a garden can be simple and complex
- Educational- Classes can be taken to learn and improve gardening techniques. Additionally, reading about gardening can be done year round.
- Gardening promotes movement.
- Challenges strength and balance.
- Promotes eye-hand coordination. Also increases range of motion.
- Builds endurance.
- Provides healthy food options.
- Helps to divert your mind away from you and your situation
- Increases self-esteem.
- Puts one in touch with nature.
- Gives control over one’s environment. As a result, gardening is empowering.
- Gardening can increases socialization.
- Can provide solace from the stresses of disabilities.
I really have enjoyed the gardening experience so far and plan on expanding my garden next summer! In the meantime, I plan on adding a few houseplants to my apartment. What is planted in your garden?
Until next time, Keep Rollin’ and Keep Smilin’
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