John F Dean wrote:Excuse me. That should be 30 two ft tall
Taller beds really benefit from punky wood at the bottom +/- things like "olla" pots for watering. I grow bush beans in the raised bed - my pole beans are climbing a tripod and the structure that's over it (my wind-chimes have been silenced for the season!) and I've tried to get them going laterally rather than higher to avoid the "ladder" issue. I don't mind having to use the extra water that raised beds require if most of that water is second use (chickens, ducks etc). Life is all about compromises, so having systems with a variety of options is all we can do. Some people stay healthy and strong into their 90's, some drop dead at 50, and some face gradual decline.
John F Dean wrote: I am considering making them taller. But taller creates other issues. A taller bed for potatoes makes sense. But, other plants are already pretty tall. So this will take some planning.
John F Dean wrote:Hi Jay
I have tried the tripod approach. It was ok. Now I am using fence. This year, though the beans are simply not growing.
Cheli Bremmer wrote: Hiring men to help is quite expensive, and the option of doing it all myself is not the most appealing when I'm in pain. Moreover I live in Florida and I hate the heat (long story why I'm here) so am looking to start over someplace new!
The kind of stubborn that translates to "I'm going to work hard to get well and stay functional as long as possible" is a good stubborn. Denial is a not-so-good stubborn and you may ingrain bad habits that 10 or less visits to a physio could have corrected and prevented worse problems. So I'm backing you 100% so far as doing what you can outside within reason, but I'll also agree that seeing a physio and finding an exercise program you don't "despise" (don't like yoga, what about tai chi?) is important. Find a physio who's a gardener, and specifically ask them to think like an Occupational Therapist and give you exercises that you can do through or while gardening. I worked in health care years ago and simple approaches like incorporating rest or stretches within activities goes a long way.
I’m even considering physical therapy to correct walking issues. Issues that I could have been working on already but was too damn stubborn.
Stairs vs slope is a big consideration and can be very dependent on the individual's needs. Yes, wider, shallower steps are important as we age. The degree of slope is also important. Stairs can actually keep some people healthier if they don't get enough exercise, but can be hard on the knees. Although it costs money and uses electricity, there are ways we can "replace" stairs with stair glides and lifts some of which are designed to be used outdoor.
The rule was no stairs, which worked until I added a retaining wall with additional access that required shallow steps. "You don't want to slide downhill on your butt." said the concrete guy.
John F Dean wrote:
I work outside in shorter bursts. I plan what I am going to do with my first cup of coffee. Then i head out and feed the animals and pick up whatever needs picking up around the property. I head in and have a light breakfast. After that I go after things a project at a time. 3 seasons a year that is in 2 hour steps. In the summer, I am lucky if I last an hour without a rest. Of course, my indoor time is sometimes on another project. I honestly have no idea how many hours I spend outside in a day.