My wife and I are learning to grow vegetables. Because she has a bad back, we need to elevate as much as we can, so this is what we have right now:

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Thinking ahead to next year, I'm wondering whether some kind of vertical farming setup would make sense: maybe three tiers of racks, at knee, waist, and shoulder heights, so everything is accessible without much bending or stretching. For climbing things like peas and beans, maybe some kind of espalier or trellis setup instead of the poles and cords that you see in the photo, so the vines are anchored, but spread laterally instead of vertically.

I can already foresee some challenges, but here's my question: given the use case I have in mind, is this a practical way to set up a garden for someone with limited mobility, or are there issues that will make it unfeasible/unfruitful/dangerous?


I just saw this post, which discusses a similar question, but which is narrower in scope and has a different purpose in mind.


Raised beds or big pots are my preference. With most vertical garden setups they have vulnerabilities such that some mistake can lead to a failure of all the plants. With pots you win or lose one pot at a time.

A vertical garden often uses hydroponics; success with them is correlated by success with conventional gardening.

Of course someone vigorous is still needed to setup and assist.

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