Spring is the perfect time to help cultivate your older family member’s green thumb. Gardening, whether on a windowsill or in the backyard, is a great way for your loved one to learn a new skill and grow fresh food to enhance their diet. Below, we will discuss some beginner tips for older adults ready to get their hands dirty with gardening.

Gardening Doesn’t Mean Working On Your Hands and Knees

For many older adults with mobility concerns, gardening may seem like a challenge when you think about kneeling in the dirt. But not all gardening involves working close to the ground. There are many alternative options to garden from a much more comfortable position. Stand-up beds, container gardens, and vertical planters are great for improving accessibility in gardening. Even windowsill planters can be a great way to get started.

Low-Maintenance Herbs and Vegetables

At any age, easy-to-care-for plants are a great place to start your gardening journey. Many herbs like basil, rosemary, chives, and sage are easy to cultivate right in the kitchen window. Cucumbers and beans grow well on trellises and are a great option for vertical gardens. Tomatoes and many pepper varieties grow well in containers or pots. Carrots, onions, and spinach are also great low-maintenance options

Look for Ergonomic Gardening Tools

Ergonomic grips can help your loved one have an easier time holding and using tools. They also put less pressure on joints, and require less force to use. Ideal tools may have two or more of the following:

  • Lightweight design
  • Looped or curved handles
  • Non-slip grips
  • Rotating handles
  • Ratcheting mechanisms

Garden Benches

Garden benches are a great tool for outdoor gardening. Many of these benches offer height adjustment settings for better ease of use for older individuals. Look for bench options with pockets or hooks for easy tool accessibility.

You are Never too Old to Learn a New Skill

It is never too late to try something new. Even if you need assistance in your garden, learning a new skill is a great way to spend your day. Gardening is a great way for older individuals to get active and improve their overall quality of life. From spending time outdoors to eating your homegrown vegetables, gardening offers a variety of benefits for aging adults. Whatever your accessibility level, there are gardening options for you. And your home health aide can always lend a hand as you learn this new skill. Home health aides from Safe Harbor assist clients with day-to-day care, light housekeeping, and companionship.
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