You can do container gardening anywhere– even on a wheelchair ramp!

container gardening on wheelchair ramp
Vegetable plants in pots are placed in the corners of the wheelchair ramp. The pots are out of the way of the wheelchair. Ornamental plants hang from shepherd’s hooks in front of the ramp. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
cucumber plants on wheelchair ramp
The cucumbers will climb up the trellis. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Don’t have a big yard? You can do container gardening anywhere–even on a wheelchair ramp!

Growing flowers or vegetables in pots is called container gardening. Container gardening counts as real gardening! I’ve seen it done in small spaces on balconies, decks and porches.

I saw a clever example of container gardening done on a wheelchair ramp at the home of Dorothy Gambino during the Samuel Capen Garden Walk in July.

Gambino chose the vegetables she wanted– tomatoes and cucumbers– and helped Kathy Andrle, her home health aide, plant them up.

Andrle assured me that the pots tucked into the corners of the ramp don’t interfere with the wheelchair. The wheelchair doesn’t turn at a sharp right angle, it curves around the turn. The corners of the ramp are just wasted space without the pots.

In addition to the pots on the ramp, Gambino has pots of flowers and indoor plants hanging from shepherd’s hooks in front of the ramp.

Get more ideas for container gardens here. 

You might not have a large yard, but you can still find space to garden!

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