Adaptive Garderning After a Stroke
All anti-depressants do not just come in a pill so I am glad I found a way to garden after my stroke. However, each year I forget the tricks I discovered so I took photos and described them.
At first I pulled plants out of their containers one-handed. The moist dirt balls broke apart. I learned to let the plants dry out a little. The photo shows a child size spade I slide down the sides of each container to loosen the roots.
I use a big plastic pot that is lighter than clay. After I partially fill the pot, I put a ring on top of the dirt. I made this ring out of a disposable plastic cutting board. The ring keeps plants away from the rim and gives me something to lean the 1st row of plants against. A small cup helps me fill the narrow space between the ring and the edge of the pot. I make sure the plants are touching each other so they grow into a thick ball that prevents water evaporation. I drop fistfuls of dirt in the small spaces between the plants. Then I pull out the ring.