Senior Gardening Tips

Studies show that being outside in nature reduces stress and improves health. The calming effect of nature is just one of the benefits of gardening.   Gardening is the ideal activity for seniors to either continue (or begin!) in their elder years. The benefits range from Vitamin D absorption, exercise, enjoying a new hobby, entering into a gardening community, etc…   Kids go outside and play for the fun of it, adults usually need a reason to be outside. Gardening is that reason for many adults and is the perfect motivation for seniors to maintain regular outside exercise/movement. It’s a less taxing form of heavy yard work but still needs regular upkeep. The digging and pulling weeds provide a more purposeful exercise for those who get bored of typical ‘exercise moves.’  

Senior Gardening Tips

 
  • Gardening can lead to awkward positioning and irregular bending. Sore muscles are a major physical setback for seniors. It’s important to learn how to kneel to lessen the strain on ligaments. 
    • Kneelers are great for avoiding bending over.
    • Keep your heels grounded or bend down with just knee to avoid strain on ligaments.
 
  • Use quality tools to help make the job a little easier. And higher quality doesn’t have to be super expensive. Here are great pruners for under $20 And a deluxe stand up weeder. Tools like these are especially helpful for those who suffer from arthritic pain. 
 
  • Raised garden beds can also ease the strain of gardening. Get the family together to build a raised bed or ones like these can be purchased at your local Home Depot.
 
  • Use trellises. Vertical gardening is helpful in avoiding most of the bending down. Vegetables will grow up the trellises rather than horizontally. This is also a key space saving method.
 
  • Start simple. For beginner gardeners, starting simple and adding on each year will be more enjoyable. Start with herbs, tomato plants, and a few flowers. These will grow easily and increase gardening confidence. 
 
  • Map out your space. Gardening is wonderful since it can be done if even a small space. And if no yard is available park districts and church sites offer garden plots for sale usually starting in the beginning of the year. In Glen Ellyn, IL Village Green Park offers gardening plots for the public (Registration can be found here.)
 
  • Take notes of sun exposure. Vegetable usually like full sun while certain flowers need more shady spots.
 
  • Take notes of plant heights. For flowers be aware of their height. That way you create beautifully colorful beds with taller flowers in the back in shorter in the front.
 
  • If space is limited, vegetables can be incorporated into flower beds.  Lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs blend nicely into flower beds.
  Senior gardening is the perfect community activity where seniors share their tips and tricks, as well as their lovely gardens. It creates a culture that actively works against isolation.

For more information on senior care contact 1776 Senior Care in Glen Ellyn.

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