I am writing this on behalf of my mom who is in her mid 60's and is having trouble physically cultivating her garden. If you don't want to read a little background please skip down to the last two paragraphs.
My parents live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and currently have a 20' x 40' vegetable garden. For the last couple of years I've been hearing my mom complain that the garden is just getting to be too much for her physically. Getting on her hands and knees almost daily and tending to the plants and the weeds is just getting to be to much. She complains her back and knees hurt and that at the end of the day she is just too exhausted. My dad doesn't help much either except to till the ground a couple times a year.
My mom REALLY enjoys gardening and has been for most of her life. It is a chance for her to get out of the house and stay active with something she loves to do. They also enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables she harvests each year. She usually grows strawberries, blueberries, and grapes, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, watermelon, bell peppers, peas, beans, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli. I'm sure I missed a few.
Anyway, I was talking to her today and she said that she doesn't think she will plant a garden this year because she can't keep up with all the work. I could see the disappointment in the face because I know how much she enjoys it. My mom really needs to get out and if she doesn't have a garden she'll just sit in the house all day.
I was thinking about setting her up with a hanging garden. Supports made out of 4"x4"s for the hanging fruits and vegetables. She could then reduce the footprint of her garden and still grow those few vegetables on the ground that wouldn't I think do well in a hanging pot like watermelon, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli.
Thing is my mom doesn't like to try anything new. So I have to convince her that the hanging garden will keep her off the hands and knees for the most part, that weeds will be minimized and that she will produce an abundance of fruits and vegetables. If this fails... There won't be a next season unfortunately
Now Ive seen conventional hanging pots and the bucket style pots where the fruit or vegetable comes out the side or bottom. What is best? Yields the most harvest? Easiest to maintain? What specific type of fruit or vegetable (like type of tomato plant) is best suited for this type of growing?
I need to act on this soon as the growing season is about to begin.
Thanks a bunch,