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2021 Gardening with Physical Limitations Webinar Series

2021 Gardening with Physical Limitations Webinar Series

Everyone Can Garden! - A five-part vegetable gardening webinar series for people with physical and other limitations.

Do you have a physical limitation such as mobility issues, chronic pain, arthritis, and skin sensitivities that constrains outdoor activity? Do you want to learn about how you can still enjoy gardening despite these challenges? OSU Extension and the CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to the 2021 Gardening with Physical Limitations Webinar Series Everyone Can Garden! Participants are welcome to attend one or more session between March and August. We will address the basics of planning and planting a vegetable garden, learn about basic maintenance, including pest management, canning and preservation basics, and finish with end-of-season clean-up and preparing for next year all while taking into consideration a variety of physical limitations. Each session is designed to be a stand-alone program, so feel free to attend as many or few as you want! 

This webinar series is free and open to the public.  

If you have any inquiries about this webinar series, please direct them to Dr. Leo Taylor (  

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Laura Akgerman at or 614-292-0622. Requests made 10 days- prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

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2021 Webinar Schedule

Planning Your Vegetable Garden

Thursday, March 18th, 6:00-7:30PM

Are you interested in starting a vegetable garden, but not sure where to start? In this session, we will cover the basics of garden planning and provide an overview of Universal Design – an approach that works for people with many types of physical limitations. 

Presenters: Laura Akgerman and Pam Bennett. 

Planting Your Vegetable Garden

Thursday, April 1st, 6:00-7:30PM

You’ve strategized and come up with a plan, now it’s time to execute it! In this session we will highlight best practices for preparing the soil and planting techniques and cover tips and tricks for planting a garden that fits your abilities. 

Presenters: Laura Akgerman and Pam Bennett. 

Garden Maintenance

Tuesday, June 1st, 6:00-7:30PM

Learn how to manage various garden pests using Integrated Pest Management. This approach utilizes cultural control, biological control, as well as chemical control to minimize pest pressure in the garden. We will also go over a variety of garden tools that have been/can be adapted to be easier and more comfortable to use by people with physical limitations. 

Presenters: Laura Akgerman and Jenny Andon. 

Canning and Preservation Basics 

Tuesday, July 20th, 6:00-7:30PM

In this session you will learn how to get started canning and preserving the food you have successfully grown in your garden. We will cover basic equipment and techniques and address how people with physical limitations can make adaptations to make canning and preserving fun, not painful! 

Presenters: Laura Akgerman and Kathy Tutt. 

Garden Clean Up and Preparing for Next Year 

Tuesday, August 31st, 6:00-7:30PM

In this session we will look back over the 2021 growing season and identify what worked and didn't work for people who engaged in home vegetable gardening across the state of Ohio. We will address how to use what we learned this year to plan for the next growing season. We will also provide tips for making garden clean up easier, safe, and identify what needs to be done to prep for next year. There will be time to ask the presenters about specific problems. 

Presenters: Laura Akgerman and Pam Bennett.