Guest Post by Kim Dalton of Senior Gardener |
Gardening is a fantastic hobby to pick up in your spare time. It’s fun, healthy, and incredibly rewarding, and you can invest as little or as much money into it as you want. You don’t even have to spend much time working on your garden if you don’t want to. After preparing your garden beds and planting your seeds, maintaining your garden just requires some simple weeding and watering—and plenty of patience—as you eagerly await your harvest. Whether you’re completely new to gardening or thinking about picking it up again in retirement, check out the following tips to ensure success!
The Benefits of Gardening for Seniors
Besides being a lot of fun, gardening offers several mental and physical benefits for seniors.
- Digging, planting, and pulling weeds can help you burn calories, keep your muscles strong, and improve your range of motion.
- Gardening is a therapeutic activity that reduces stress-related hormones in the body.
- Spending time outdoors will help your skin soak up beneficial vitamin D.
- Solving gardening problems and making planting decisions will keep your brain sharp!
- You can easily improve your diet by eating home-grown fruits and vegetables.
Senior-Friendly Gardening Tips
Gardening makes for a great retirement project! Keep it accessible so you can enjoy your garden for years to come.
- Make your yard more accessible with ramps and paths.
- Build raised beds to save your back from frequent bending.
- You could also grow a vertical garden using hanging pots or stacked crates.
- If gardening tools are hard to grip, pick up some ergonomic alternatives.
- To avoid gardening injuries, practice good form when bending, lifting, and digging.
Essential Supplies for First-Time Gardeners
If you’re new to gardening, you’ll have to purchase some important supplies before you can start digging in the dirt.
- Use beginner’s gardening resources to find your green thumb a little faster.
- If you’re growing plants in pots, learn how to choose the right potting soil.
- Invest in a good pair of gardening gloves to protect your hands from cuts and scratches.
- Get some basic gardening tools for cultivating, weeding, and harvesting.
Growing a garden is an enjoyable pastime and great learning experience, especially if you’re looking for something to do in retirement. As you get started, keep things easy and affordable. You can always expand your garden later as you advance your skills and get more comfortable experimenting with different plants and growing strategies. And most importantly, remember to have fun!