Raised Bed Gardening
Raised bed gardening has many benefits including limiting bending and kneeling while tending to plants, adding fresh food to the family table, fresh air and social engagement. Social connection helps combat the isolation many older adults experience. When planning a raised garden, consider client mobility and use cases, as well as the depth and width requirements for any specific plants. Beyond the health and social benefits, garden elements are also a great way to add vibrancy and color, especially in designs with minimalist material palettes.
Cost and difficulty are highly dependent on material choices and garden height.
Raised bed gardening can be accomplished with landscaping timbers (be careful about using treated wood, which may leach into the soil), or many types of masonry: bricks, concrete blocks and stone. Incorporating reclaimed lumber or masonry adds visual character while also providing a sustainable (and potentially more affordable) solution. Raising the bed height will generally require more structural considerations and / or stronger materials due to increased pressure from retaining the soil.