5 Great Gardening Ideas for Seniors
It’s a proven fact that gardening has the ability with all of its benefits to bring about natural healing. No longer is gardening looked upon as an activity just to get outdoors but as a key that holds the power which leads to wellness. Sure gardens are constructed for beautification and for growing edible food crops but the added bonus is in promoting physical as well as mental healing.
As we get older it’s important that we get involved or more involved in this activity, seniors should take advantage of working in their gardens. There are many garden activities that can keep seniors pleasantly busy as they connect with nature on the great outdoors. Below are 6 great garden activities for senior citizens.
1. A community garden
Community gardens are popular among many neighborhoods as persons come together in this type of setting to cultivate gardens of all sorts. A community garden has so many benefits besides growing plants. With a community garden, friendship bound is strengthened, knowledge is shared and if growing edible garden foods can be shared also, etc…
As was mentioned earlier working in a garden can promote mental as well as physical health helping to relieve stress and other forms of mental as well as physical issues. Seniors interacting in a community garden is a great way for them to make friends, this type of garden setting is their comfort zone causing them to feel right at home.
2. Gardening for profit
Another great garden activity for seniors is creating an edible garden and selling their produce for profit, this garden method works well for seniors in a community garden typesetting. Who says that seniors have to retire when they can develop these skills providing and supporting their communities with this effort.
This is a great way of keeping seniors active as they feel needed, edible foods which are grown can sell locally to individuals, farmers markets, etc… the money that’s raised can be used as payment, to sponsor events, help with a charity, etc… senior citizens will love it and will feel like a part of something great as they see the rewards of their labor helping others.
3. Having a tea party
Seniors can have a grand time with this one, growing herbs for tea, this idea will work wonders as seniors sit back and enjoy the presence of each other taking pleasure in the many teas that are (herbs) grown in their garden. What I love about herbs are the many benefits that are offered in promoting good health. Some herbs that are popular growing for tea include, mint, chamomile, lemon balm, lemongrass, fennel, basil, etc…
4. Garden classes
We have the responsibility of passing the baton to take next-generation which I think we owe them so they can have this knowledge to carry on. Seniors can have small community classes offering their help to persons who would be interested in acquiring the knowledge of constructing and maintaining a garden.
Placing seniors in this position is a great way of encouraging them in making a major contribution to the next generation creating a sense of pride and joy.
5. Field trips for seniors
I know, this one sounds a bit strange but the truth of the matter is many seniors love to be up and about on the great outdoors so why not arrange field trips where seniors can visit nurseries, garden centers, botanical gardens, etc… this experience will promote mental health making them happy as they come in contact with many plants species interacting with each other.
6. A garden pond
Installing a mini fish pond in a garden is a great way for seniors to interact with nature, I am sure a garden setting like this will have seniors buzzing with excitement as they work in the garden then taking a rest while feeding the fishes. This type of setting will keep seniors active on a daily basis enjoying their fish friends.
The final word on garden activities for seniors
These are just a few ideas in getting our seniors involved in activities that will fill their lives with much joy as they interacted with those of different age groups. Even in their golden year’s seniors can make a great contribution and I am sure they are more than willing in getting involved in making a big difference in small ways that are of great benefit.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.