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Community Greening Review (finally!) and Re: accessible beds

  • Subject: [cg] Community Greening Review (finally!) and Re: accessible beds
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 11:30:36 -0800 (PST)

Hi, all,

A comment on accessible beds (great posts!), but first
a note that my copy of the new Community Greening
Review 'special edition' arrived today, so it should
be coming to ACGA members in the US shortly. Check
your mailboxes. I'd welcome a quick note - to me or
the list - telling when it arrives (who is a 'mother
hen'?). I'd also like to hear what you think about it.
Rumor has it that Canadian members got theirs a week

Mine was very slightly damaged in shipping - the
magazine was so close to the postage weight limit that
the mailer decided against using a plastic wrapper.
Still, it got through in 'good enough' shape.

On p. 34-35 of the magazine, there's a helpful
'resource page' on accessible gardening.

Meanwhile, we've used a design similar to the 'Casa'
beds (thanks for that link, Jim, very helpful indeed),
but use 'capstones' (cinderblocks without the holes,
essentially, 16"x8"x4" (lwh, 40.46 cm x 20.23 cm x
10.16 cm - a 'standard' American building block size).
Our most popular bed at the senior center where the
beds are located is piled 5 blocks high (20 in/
50.8cm) which is a handy height to sit on (we have no
one currently in a wheelchair).

In terms of irrigation on small beds like this, soaker
hose (as Casa uses) is excellent (though I like T-tape
irrigation hose better, when I can get it donated).
Jim's point about burying irrigation hoses is right
on, though be sure to mark the line with little flags
or something more tasteful if you have volunteers who
help with weeding and cultivating (esp. enthusiastic
youth wielding hoes and the like).  Water retaining
polymers (such as 'Watercrystals' can be helpful in
water management if combined with plastic mulch,
according to research in New Mexico, but here where we
get a lot of rain they can turn a bed into a gooey
mess, so I'd be careful with that option - I don't use
that product outdoors anymore.

Good luck,

Don Boekelheide
Charlotte NC USA

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