What Is a Good Raised Bed for Gardeners with Mobility Limitations?

“I have significant mobility problems now and can no longer bend over to plant like I used to. Do you have any recommendations for sturdy containers I can use for planting my flowers this year?” Question from Diane of Newark, Ohio

Answer: Any attractive, well-made raised planters should work well. Those made by Gronomics come highly recommended. They are sturdy, made in the USA, and have lots of elevated beds made of either finished or unfinished western red cedar or durable, fade-resistant vinyl. The elevated beds are tall enough to allow you to place a chair or stool beside them to weed and deadhead flowers as needed, and they look pretty enough for the front of the home. We recommend filling containers like these with Black Gold® Natural & Organic Flower and Vegetable Soil. It’s perfect for growing flowers, herbs, and vegetables, and it is sold in bulk bags.

For more handy, ergonomic tools and advice we recommend that you read Easier Gardening with Ergonomic Tools.

I hope that these tips make gardening easier for you this season!

Happy gardening,

Jessie Keith

Black Gold Horticulturist


Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

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