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Variable height raised beds

For gardeners with limited flexibility
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Build a large garden box in a frame with a solid base, set atop a concrete pad with hydraulic lifts beneath it, as in an auto shop. Anyone who wanted to work could raise or lower it to a comfortable working height. As an alternative, the garden plot could fixed in in place but built up several feet above the ground, and have a wide walk-way/gallery around it that could be raised or lowered to the gardener’s needs.

Inspired by an elderly friend who had raised beds put in her garden, as she can sit in a chair and work but no longer kneel or sit on the ground as easily.

a1, Apr 11 2021


       I'm having raised beds built in two weeks that will sit atop a cement foundation that is about a foot tall. If you add the height of the beds I should be able to stand and garden with little bending. We built these same beds for the residents of the Memory Care Home and it worked really well. You could also lean on them if you grew tired or weary from the sun.   

       It would be nice to have these that can adapt to height though, as my husband will be tending while I'm away for a week and he is 6ft 3in, and he will have to perform the folding in half pose to water and weed at all. Hahahaha, thinking of seeing husband bowed over at the waist to the corn seedlings is funny to me.
blissmiss, Apr 12 2021

       [blissmiss] if the area right in front of your gardens is dirt (or otherwise diggable), dig a temporary "work trench" for him to stand in.
neutrinos_shadow, Apr 12 2021

       Could you run compressed air lines along the bottom of the work trench, and then backfill with a suitable sand or gravel? Then when you wanted to clear the trench you could turn on the air to liquefy the contents.
pocmloc, Apr 12 2021

       Good for raising vegetables.
AusCan531, Apr 12 2021

       If you had these hydraulic lifts all around your garden, you could climb mountains in your garden. You'd walk in a circuit around your garden, stepping from one hydraulic lift to another, always stepping up onto a higher platform which would descend while you're on it so as to be lower than the next one you step onto.
hippo, Apr 12 2021

       + I need this.
xandram, Apr 12 2021

       Having a garden that can move up and down (and side-to-side) could also be useful in an earthquake, keeping your garden apparently stationary while everything around it shakes and lurches.
hippo, Apr 12 2021

       This idea needs more explosions.
Voice, Apr 12 2021

       //This idea needs more explosions.//   

       The first two words are superfluous.
bs0u0155, Apr 12 2021

       // more explosions // Power the lifts using explosives? Petroleum based hydraulic fluids have a flash point between from 300 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Might increase the maintenance costs though.
a1, Apr 12 2021

       Perhaps a water-driven hydraulic system linked to a boardwalk around the raised garden? Blissy's weight would press down the boardwalk which raises the garden. Her heavier hubby presses it down further, raising the garden higher.
AusCan531, Apr 13 2021

       [AusCan531]; that's kind of brilliant.
neutrinos_shadow, Apr 13 2021

       Not saying anything about blissmiss or her husband, but it’s possible for a short person to outweigh a tall one.
a1, Apr 14 2021

       Yeah, A1 is right. Be he much taller, he is very lean. I'm just right, and I'm sort of tall for a woman. 5'71/2. We would pretty much be even on the "Garden Boardwalk", which after writing that, I think that I would love it for real.
blissmiss, Apr 14 2021

       "[blissmiss] if the area right in front of your gardens is dirt (or otherwise diggable), dig a temporary "work trench" for him to stand in." neutrinos_shadow, Apr 12 2021   

       Also convenient to use as a nice little shallow grave for when I womp him over the head with a shovel for forgetting to water the cat while I'm gone.
blissmiss, Apr 14 2021

       Ouch. Don't do that.
pertinax, Apr 14 2021

       [neutrinos_shadow] beat me to it. Uplifting I call it.   

       ^ Alt Title: 'Downtrodden'
AusCan531, Apr 14 2021

       Mmm, garden personalisation from the glint of an eye.   

       Actually it is a bit like society, to share, the more the average changes and the more work has to be done.
wjt, Apr 17 2021


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