Gardening has many health and therapeutic benefits for senior citizens. It is a great way for seniors to stay active and exercise. Creating an edible garden can have even more benefits for the elderly as it can provide nutritious, home grown produce.
As you get older it sometimes becomes harder to garden. With some assistance and creativity, seniors can continue to enjoy the kinds of gardening they have always loved. Here are some tips for our green thumbed senior citizens:
Grow Herbs: They will grow anywhere and are great for seasoning. The more you pinch and pick the herbs, the more they tend to grow. Herbs can be a lower maintenance thing for seniors to grow.
Think Height: As you get older it sometimes is harder on your back to get down to the level you need to for gardening. Consider planting taller plants or putting in raised flower beds that can help prevent some bending and squatting.
Get the Right Equipment: Look for equipment that can make the job easier. There are many great tools that can make gardening easier for seniors. Look for lightweight tools and avoid power tools if at all possible.
Garden Close: Consider putting your garden right outside your front or back door. This will make it easier for you to transport tools, produce, or new plants to or from the garden.
Take Care of Yourself: Make sure to take frequent breaks and drink lots of water. Prevent sun exposure by working in the early morning or late in the day. Wear a hat and apply sunscreen often. Wear protective shoes, comfortable clothes, and gardening gloves.
Get Help: If you cannot garden anymore, enlist the help of others who might enjoy sharing in the work. Just because you are not able to keep up with the garden does not mean you have to do away with it.