When you think of obstacles an aging adult faces when gardening, several things come to mind. First, bending over to weed is hard on anyone with joint pain. Second, mobility issues can make it difficult to get around an uneven yard. Here are unique ways you can ensure a senior enjoys time in the garden without having to invest too much money.
Build a Raised Bed With Concrete Blocks
To make a raised garden with concrete blocks, two layers of blocks are all that's needed. Form your perimeter and place some cardboard on the inside to block weeds and grass from growing in the garden area. Next, fill the interior of your bed with a mixture of manure and soil, and you're ready to plant. The cost depends on how big or small you make your bed.
Concrete blocks are 16 inches long, so you could have a decent bed just using four per side. As an added tip, fill the holes in the concrete blocks with more soil and have space for herbs and flowers that repel garden pests.
Don't Scrap Your Skids
Many companies give away their skids. If you have a wood pellet stove, you likely end up with skids at the end of a heating season. If you or an elder care provider pries the wood slats off one skid and stack two on top of each other, you have a budget-friendly raised garden. Staple some landscaping fabric onto the sides of the skid to keep soil from seeping out.
Grow in Burlap Bags
Talk to area farmers or feed stores to see if they have any burlap sacks they plan to throw away. Fill the bottom of a burlap bag with some potting soil for a thrifty raised bed. You'll want to fold down the top to the right height for your parent's needs.
Plant in Straw Bales
Straw bale gardens are also gaining popularity as a way to grow squash, cucumbers and other vegetables that grow on vines. Create a hole in the bale and add a little potting soil, plant your seeds or seedling and cover with a little more potting soil. Straw bales are the perfect height for your elderly parent and other than water and harvesting, little care is needed.
Once the raised bed is in place, use newspapers, cardboard, and leaves to create inexpensive weed barriers and mulch. As the plants grow, elder care providers and your senior parent will find it's easy to weed and tend to plants that are in raised beds.
An elder care provider can assist your senior loved one with some of the tasks involved in gardening, especially when it comes to getting up and down from working.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Ridgefield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.