Our beautiful weather at this time of year is the perfect chance to get out in the garden or to bring some of it inside if you live in an apartment or unit.
Gardening has many benefits – it is an enjoyable form of exercise, helps mobility and flexibility, encourages the use of all motor skills, improves endurance and strength, reduces stress and can provide nutritious, home-grown produce!
Some medical conditions and physical disabilities may restrict or prevent older people from participating in gardening. However, with a few tips from the Better Health Channel website, you can create a safe, accessible and pleasant space. The website details how garden spaces, tools and equipment can be modified or adapted to help reduce the physical stress associated with gardening for older people.
- Using vertical planting to make garden beds accessible for planting and harvesting – try using wall and trellis spaces
- Raising garden beds to avoid stooping and bending
- Using retractable hanging baskets, wheelbarrows and containers on castors for movable and elevated garden beds
- Finding adaptive tools and equipment – available from some hardware shops
- Using foam, tape and plastic tubing to modify existing tools for a better grip
- Using lightweight tools which are easier to handle
- Providing shade areas and a suitable chair for working in summer months
- Having stable chairs and tables to use for comfortable gardening
- Making sure there is a tap nearby or consider installing a drip feeder system for easy watering
For older people living in a unit or apartment complex without their own garden it is easy to bring a touch of green indoors. Ideas include creating a cluster of mid-size plants in a spare space, planting a herb garden, creating a mini-garden in pots on a windowsill or a maintenance-free terrarium in an old glass or plastic container. Or start simply by nurturing a small collection of succulents.
Join us in October for our Succulents Garden Workshop and create a l0w-maintenance garden. All tools & supplies provided. Don’t miss out – call Jubilee’s Activities Officer Vicki on 3871 3220 and book now!