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Seniors and Gardening

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Gardening can be a wonderful way for seniors to stay active and get some exercise.  It can also save money and have very positive affects on your health.  Whether you have a large backyard or a small patio, you can create a flourishing garden.

Herbal Gardens

Growing herbs is very easy.   Their fragrance will add a pleasant aroma to your home and herbs can be picked from bits at a time to flavor your favorite food dishes.  The best thing is, they will replenish.  Herbs provide more than just a great smell and wonderful flavors.  They can also provide a number of antioxidants that may diminish in dried herbs.

Thyme, basil, oregano and rosemary are just a few fresh herbs to start your garden. A nice sunny spot and occasional watering can get you started on your very own gourmet kitchen.  You can choose to keep them on your patio or even a sunny window.

Fruits and Veggies

A number of fruit bearing trees can be grown inside with adequate lighting.  You can also take advantage of patio space.  Strawberry pots enable you to enjoy a bounty of berries in a relatively small space.  Blueberry bushes can be small enough to fit on your patio or be planted in your yard.  Garlic, carrots, and even tomatoes are all wonderful choices for your garden.  These fresh fruits and vegetables can be harvested and canned for future use.

Flowers

Who doesn’t love a bouquet of lovely flowers?  Flower gardens can add beauty and joy to a senior’s life.  Flower boxes maximize space and ease of reach.  Certain flowers can also be consumed, like jasmine, calendula and chamomile. If you choose your flowers carefully, you can encourage visitors like butterflies and even hummingbirds.  You could enjoy your flower and fauna on your patio while crafting or enjoying a good book.

Gardening and Mobility

These are some of the gardening options for a senior in a home health care setting or assisted living situation.  Your level of activity does not have to limit your ability to maintain a garden if you tailor your garden to your needs.  If you tire easily, a patio would be a better option than a garden in a yard because it would be smaller and you could arrange your plants in a manner that would be more accessible for you.  A small window garden would be less commitment and still give plenty of benefits.  Explore your options and if need be, have a family member help you to set things up.  Always remember, when working in your garden and enjoying the Los Angeles sunshine, please wear sunscreen.  Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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