Gardening might have been one of the few new hobbies you may have considered picking up in your golden years. If you are someone who has considered gardening, we would like to tell you that this is a great choice! Gardening is an amazing way for you to physically stimulate yourself and keep yourself healthy as a retiree! It is a therapeutic way for you to meaningfully spend your time. You may be aware of the plethora of benefits that gardening brings but may not know where to start. There’s so much information online, so what’s the first step you should take? Read on to find out what our top tips are if you’re considering gardening in your independent living apartment in Athens, GA.
Considering Your Health
First and foremost, you should be looking after your health. Think about any mental, physical and age-related conditions that you might be struggling with and make a list of these illnesses. For example, if you have skin cancer, poor vision, are prone to heat strokes, struggle with getting easily dehydrated or anything else, you should take note of these as these illnesses might be affected by your gardening hobby.
Picking the Right Gardening Tools
The next step to gardening would be getting your gardening tools. You may be tempted to walk into a shop and get the most expensive tools but it’s more important to look at whether the tools are right for you, instead of solely considering the price tag. Certain gardening tools may be crafted for individuals who are younger and physically healthier, which may not be suitable for you. If you struggle with certain physical impediments, know that gardening equipment can be modified or adapted based on your personal needs. This is when the list of illnesses we told you to come up with might help! Some ways you can do so would be to do the following:
- Raising the gardening beds so that you can avoid bending or stooping over too much, which may aggravate back issues
- Building a shaded area or set up your gardening spot under a shade so that you don’t have to face the direct sun, which may cause heat strokes or be a causative factor for skin cancer
- Going to hardware stores that offer you adaptive tools or equipment
Choose the Right Plants
Not all plants are suitable for every single terrain so it’s important to pick the right ones to cultivate. It will be frustrating for you to invest time and energy into growing plants or flowers that never bloom. Hence, head to your florist and speak to them to get their advice – after all, they’re the experts! If you choose to become a resident at TerraBella Epps Bridge, you can always reach out to our trusty concierge services if you have any queries regarding any of your hobbies. They can help you through the process of purchasing seeds, scheduling appointments at florists and many more! Contact us today to find out more about all our amenities.