Gardening for Retirees
Being retired frees up your schedule and gives you room to try out new and interesting activities. One of these is gardening. Learn more about gardening for retirees here!
Gardening can help you stay healthy!
Once you retire, your list of competing priorities will change and you will need to place an increased amount of focus on your health and lifestyle choices. One of the most effective ways to age gracefully and remain fit is to keep yourself busy with gardening activities. It does not matter whether you are new to this hobby or pride yourself on having a green thumb, gardening is for everyone! With a long list of benefits, your gardening activities could range from taking care of a few potted plants to before respond for an entire yard. Plus, gardening has long been known to reduce stress levels, elevate your mood, and lower the risk of diseases such as dementia by boosting your immune system.
Here are a few therapeutic, lively, and simple activities to help you get started:
Grow a food garden
No one can turn down the idea of build a food garden! Gardening is incredibly fun as a past time when you can see its immediate benefits and growing a food garden lets you do just that! Learn how to grow fruits and vegetables commonly used in the kitchen for cooking. For example, you can grow tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, spinach, beans, lentils, cucumber, and kale. Growing leafy vegetables and berries in your food garden will let you enjoy 100% natural and organically grown produce that is rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins to help your body fight inflammation and free radicals. Plus, it will give you the opportunity to cook meals using garden-to-table ingredients.
Grow a food garden, it is just as delicious as it sounds!
Try your hand at a succulent mini-garden
If you do not have enough room to grow plants in the ground (in a yard) or are worried about being overwhelmed with too many gardening activities, then consider trying out the simple activity of growing succulents. Succulents are incredibly hardy plants that do not require much attention and are overall low-maintenance. They have thick fleshy leaves and stems that store moisture content so they will survive even if you go a few days without remembering to water them. Plus, succulents are known to help purify the air by soaking in toxins so you will be able to enjoy a better quality of living. This activity is ideal for retirees and senior citizens with dementia, amnesia, and weak memory.
Dabble in gardening arts and crafts
If you find yourself falling in love with your garden, then it may be time to devote energy to improving its aesthetic. You could either go with a specific theme in mind or try to keep things simple. Focus on visual improvements such as refining your garden’s edging and making sure that there is enough space between plants. Consider painting your plant’s pots, adding in gardening decorations, looking into landscaping adjustments (how does a small waterfall or pond sound?) to truly help your garden stand out. For more exciting results, you could plan which plants (colorful flowers in particular) to grow so that you have a different theme for different times of the year.
Plan which colorful flowers you want to grow.
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