Expert gardeners can spend 50 years learning, sometimes just about one species or family and then they die!
You are never to old to start gardening, nor are you too old to learn easier and simpler ways to enjoy your gardening.
Bending and kneeling may get a bit harder as you age but there are ways to overcome these restrictions like padded kneelers with good handles.
Tools as You Age
- You are not going to double dig acres of ground so get a spade to suit. A small stainless steel blade will not over tax the muscles but still get most jobs done at a steady pace.
- I have very useful forks and a trowel on long handles. They are easy to obtain and save your back. You can also fashion your own dibbers and gadgets
- A two wheeled barrow is lighter for pushing than a traditional one wheeler.
- Use large pots and containers to reduce watering and put them on casters for moving around.
The Illustrated Practical Guide to Gardening for Seniors: How to Maintain Your Outside Space with Ease Into Retirement and Beyond by Patty Cassidy from Amazon
Easier Gardening as You Age
- This new American book shows how easy it is for seniors to carry on gardening, into and way beyond retirement.
- It looks at different kinds of homes and the gardens they provide, assessing the location, local climate and soil type and evaluating problems such as arthritis and loss of balance.
- The book also outlines the importance of taking care of your body, summarizing the safety issues, what to wear, warm-up exercises and equipment to make the garden easy to access for unsteady feet or wheelchairs.
- Included is a directory that profiles the many planting choices available, each with a difficulty rating and a hardiness category.
- Gardening for Seniors is packed with projects, garden plans and step-by-step sequences.
- Easier gardening will appeal to active gardeners in their early retirement through to those with more limited abilities, showing how, by adapting garden activities and the tools employed, the joy of gardening will remain undiminished.
Plants and Planting as You Age
- Avoid fast growing shrubs that need pruning and regular spraying. I prefer small rhododendrons to roses for this reason.
- Aim at your senses placing plants where you will get the best reaction from those you have in full working order.
- Design and implement your gardening to impress others and they will stop and talk. Easier gardening can still recognise you are up for a challenge despite your age