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individual needs; however, standard dimen- sions for raised bedsare given in Table 1.
Standard dimensions for Raised Beds:WheelchairSemi-AmbulatoryGroundHeight2-2.5 feet2.5-3 feet1/2-1 feetWidth(one-sided)2 feet2 feet2 feetWidth(two-sided)3-4 feet 4 feet4 feetDiameter (circle)3-4 feet 4 feet4 feetRaised beds are generally 3'-4' wide and as long as desired.However, depending on the individual's strength and endurance, itwould be wise to limit the length of the bed to 10 or 20 feet to prevent over exertion in circling the bed.
ADVANTAGES OF GARDENING IN PLANTERS,CONTAINERS, AND RAISED BEDS
Due to the many materials available and to the many types of raised planters, adaptability to the disabled individual's needs is great.Planters can be located for easy accessibility and used in areaswhere plants would not otherwise grow, e.g., downtown on roof gardens).Focusing attention on small, easily managed areas provides suc-cess and feeling of achievement and reduces frustration and feelingof being overwhelmed by a large garden.The planter can be placed at a height which gives the disabledindividual maximum gardening space within his normal reach.Raised planters can be either permanent or temporary structuresdepending on the desires and needs of the gardener.There is a wide choice of plants that can be used in planters.Planters can be built to be mobile if needed to adjust to avail- ablesun or move out of the way during other activities.Problems of poor soil or soil borne disease can be easily over-come.Planters drain well, warm quickly, and thus produce early crops.Seedlings can be started in small mobile planters indoors and brought out when the weather is appropriate, thus extending thegrowing season.Planters offer opportunities for innovative landscape ideas andcreative plant structures such as walls of plants.
LOCATION AND CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS
Full sun or at least six hours of sun a day is recommended for raised planters and containers, 8-10 hours if vegetables are to begrown. If full sun is not available, then choose shade- tolerant plants such as begonias and impatiens.