Tara largely, but not exclusively, relies on a wheelchair to get around. A mobility-accessible plot was available in the community garden along the Madison bike path at the corner of the Capitol City Trail and Ohio Street. Mobility-accessibly plots are raised beds (really raised, like 3 feet or so) and have easy wheelchair access on all four sides.
|The Capitol City Trail is not just a bike path, but home to a string of community garden plots along an abandoned rail corridor.|
|I arrived before Tara and found this raised mobility-accessible bed. But it looked nothing like what Tara described. This was tidy, weed free and planted. I continued to explore the garden.|
|I found a second raised bed that looked (mostly) accessible. It was obvious work had been done around the plot -- thick grass stems belied the size of what had been growing there. A few big weeds had been removed from the bed, but otherwise, the plot needed some serious weeding. Not sure if this was Tara's plot, I decided to jump in. Literally, I broke my own rule to "never step in the bed" and climbed into pull weeds.|
|Within 30 minutes, I removed all but a sprig of catnip and a clump of chives. I made a large but tidy pile of catnip in case Tara had cats (turned out she does!), and I made another pile of lambs quarters for Jay and I to eat.|