Work continues on the wheelchair access at the farm

We are improving wheelchair access at Beelarong Community Farm where I keep my allotment. Concrete paths were laid this week.

Concrete can cut an ugly swathe through any previously green area but will be softened once we relay some turf to butt up to the concrete path. We were working on laying the turf yesterday but I had to leave before the job was finished so I couldn’t take a pic.

The important thing is that this gives easier wheelchair access to the raised garden bed, the meeting area where we share our morning tea, the sheds where the tools are kept and the toilet (which also has wheelchair access).

I set out to the allotment early yesterday morning to beat the heat of the day. There was hardly any weeding to be done as the whole plot is mulched now. I harvested the last bag of potatoes and picked plenty of kale. The kale and silverbeet is still producing even though the plants are a bit long in the tooth now as they are what remains of my winter crops.

Yay! picked the first of the Lebanese cucumbers. (The tomatoes are courtesy of my local greengrocer. Gotta support him where I can with fruit and tomatoes as I grow most of my other stuff.)

I want to harvest enough of these little cucumbers over the next few months to make my bread and butter pickles.

Lebanese cucumbers, first of the season

Know what I love about my home-grown veggies? They have more personality than those in Coles (supermarket) where they only stock straight cucumbers.

Happy gardening.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. heatherspalton
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 06:41:48

    Jean sorry I missed you again yesterday. Exciting news about the garden. I used to work in the spinal injuries unit at PA Hospital. The unit is always looking for places to go to get the patients out. The farm would be perfect. See you soon xx

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  2. MrsYub
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 10:16:04

    That’s a very posh path! LOL, this is from the person who’s idea of a path is a dirt track that no whealchair has any hope of getting down!
    Yes I agree, your veggies (and mine, too!) definitly have more personality that Coles, or Woolies!!

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  3. Nigel
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 18:52:51

    You would need larger boxes to store your vegtables. I have to say it is a very good picture of the veggies. You definately caught their character. Maybe its the light shining on them.

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Nov 22, 2012 @ 21:43:45

      Hi Nigel. You are waxing lyrical. I thought I was the only one around here that appreciates the beauty and character of my extraordinary veggies. I do agree they were enhanced by the lighting. Maybe I should consider a career as a food photographer. I hear there is money in it!

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  4. narf77
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 04:24:17

    I love curly cucumbers they remind me of my grandad 🙂 Imperfect vegetables are the source of endless entertainment and excitement to children. I think we learned to eat our vegetables very early in life partly thanks to this very feature. Nothing like a pumpkin that grandma has put a beard and moustache on to make you want to eat that distinguished gentleman post haste! 😉 That path will be amazing for trundling your wheelbarrows up and down and will be fantastic in allowing people in wheelchairs and with disabilities to garden. Watch out when those motor scooters go shooting by, some of them can be as bad as pushbikers 😉

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  5. livingsimplyfree
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 13:55:12

    I agree that concrete isn’t always the first choice for an attractive pathway, but it does help those of us in wheelchairs. Our local farmer’s market is held on the property of a previous farm and now a natural preserve I constantly get asked if accessibility is okay for me. I love that they care enough to make sure those of us less able-bodied can still enjoy the activities that happen there.

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Nov 24, 2012 @ 16:53:49

      Good to hear that more organisations are becoming aware that we should be giving more priority to wheelchair access. We have social events, workshops and will have the new raised garden beds shortly – all will be accessible to wheelchairs.

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      • livingsimplyfree
        Nov 25, 2012 @ 02:52:14

        That’s fantastic. I live in a town that also has a university which is wheelchair friendly. The university is in the top ten in the country for accessibility, so the town is great for making sure those less able bodied can have access everywhere possible. There are a few businesses that due to historic designation on the building can’t make changes to include ramps, they are wonderful about coming outside to you if you want or need something, even if you just want to browse. I love living here.

  6. Mum
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 05:02:23

    I used to have an allotment but now we grow our veg in our back garden – it’s an edible back garden.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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