It is safe to say that those who were once an avid gardener are still just that in spirit. It is also a certainty that gardening is something it’s never too late to take up! If you have imagined gardening as an activity that is off the cards for seniors, think again. With a little creativity, tending to your favourite vegetables or flowers can be a pleasure that never ends! Here, we will explore some fantastic strategies to make keeping a garden easy when you feel less able-bodied. But first, why is gardening such a wonderful pass-time for our elders?
What Makes Gardening So Valuable For Seniors?
Gardening provides a near-effortless way to stay active, without the sense of exertion that comes with doing conventional exercise. All of that bending and stretching as we weed, dig, and prune is ideal for keeping us lithe and limber! Gardening offers excellent stress relief and a feast for the senses as we take in all of the colours, textures, and smells. Those who experience depression – which is, unfortunately, a little more common as we age, can experience the extraordinary relief that comes with contact with the soil. Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacterium to be found in that lovely loam, mimics the effects of antidepressants like Prozac, stimulating serotonin production without any of the side effects associated with the medication. All the while, we hone our ability to concentrate by mastering our plant-care techniques. Plus we reduce the probability of falls by calling on our bodies to stay balanced in a variety of different positions!
Using Planters To Make Gardening Easier
For many in their twilight years, getting down to ground level can feel like more of a strain than it’s worth. An ideal solution is bringing the plants up towards us, rather than going down to them! This can be achieved in a number of ways, but we’ll set your imagination firing with some above-ground suggestions. You can use plant pots to create seasonal or permanent displays or try hanging baskets and stay quite upright as you tend to your budding treasures. For a more ambitious endeavour, create raised beds as a long-lasting installation that is far kinder to your joints.
Grabbing The Latest Gadgets And Accessories To Support Our Bodies
Many innovative designers have noticed and responded to the needs of our green-fingered elders, by creating products to help. Enter the world of specially designed gloves with extra padding in just the right spots to ease arthritis discomfort and make gripping easier and a variety of ergonomic gardening tools, to make garden tasks far more comfortable to perform. A
long-handled leaf grabber or litter picker can make getting bits up off the floor a doddle. Knee pads are ever-handy, or we might opt for a garden kneeler, which combines a pad with a rigid handle to help you get up. A mobile garden stool can help us pass time planting without creating aches that emerge later. Long-handled hoes take the work out of weeding, while ultra-light-weight tools such as forks, spades, and even wheelbarrows can lighten our load enough to make garden chores feel insignificant!
Taking Care Of The Planet, As We Tend To Our Plants
Many of us share a concern for the environment – especially as we learn more and more about climate change and the pollution of our oceans. Getting busy in the garden provides an excellent opportunity to play our part. Not only do we support pollinating insects within local ecosystems, but we can also repurpose materials, creating our own recycled garden. If you love the idea of saving some of the costs associated with establishing a garden while keeping resources out of a landfill, consider the following ideas.
- Old builders’ blocks are an excellent option for building low-cost raised beds, although you may require some assistance for the initial creation!
- Wooden pallets make fabulous planters, either laid down flat for a dream salad bed or upright for an instant vertical garden – your strawberries will love it!
- Old guttering or drainage pipes can be mounted just about anywhere for use as elevated planters.
- Plastic bottles can be cut up and used as plant pots, or individual cloches for overwintering.
- Discarded car tyres can be stacked into playful planters, although they may require a sealing treatment before being suitable for growing edible plants.
If you are after a little inspiration, websites such as Pinterest and Houzz UK are filled with endless ideas for recycling options. Why not get creative and make something entirely unique that will be yours to enjoy. By embracing the right strategies, gardening can remain fun, affordable, and rewarding, at any age!
Seeking Support From Qualified Carers
Recruiting help for around the home and garden is another effective strategy for reducing the risk of any potential accidents. Our carers at Heritage Independent Living can provide in-home support that makes avoiding precarious moments far easier. Providing greater peace of mind to our clients, our carers are fully trained in how to respond in emergency situations, and always make safety the first priority. Click here to discover more about Heritage Independent Living and our staff.