Gardening tips for seniors

There’s nothing quite as rewarding as tending plants and growing your own food. Gardening is a therapeutic activity that brings joy to people of all ages, especially seniors. It also has many health benefits, such as promoting a longer, healthier life.

At Glenvale Villas, you can still enjoy your favourite hobby while getting all the care and support you need. That means you have more spare time to do the things you love in your garden to nurture your mind, spirit and body!

How to stay safe while gardening

As we age, our bodies get tired more easily, making digging in the dirt a little more challenging. Here are some gardening tips for seniors that will help to reduce the physical strain on your body.

Getting the right tools
Holding tools for a long period of time can become painful, which is when foam grips come in handy. These will soften the handles of the usually hard-to-grab gardening tools, as well as add traction. To avoid excessive stretching, it’s also a good idea to use tools with longer handles. If you or your loved one is experiencing vision problems, then using brightly coloured gardening tools will make them easier to locate.

Using your balcony
At Glenvale Villas, each resident has their own complete home, and each home has its own balcony. This is your own personal space, and it’s the perfect place for potted plants. Adding your favourite potted plants makes it possible for you to decorate your space and to let your plants grow and flourish, and you don’t have to worry about all of the responsibility that goes along with keeping up a yard.

Toowoomba’s beautiful spring weather regularly transforms many of our residents balconies into blazing colour palettes.

Growing plants indoors
Growing plants indoors is the perfect way to add a bit of greenery and joy to your new home without the stress of planning the layout of your outdoor garden. Within your home at Glenvale Villas, you have plenty of space to decorate with plants. Along with tending to flowers and green plants, you can also grow herbs and even certain vegetables inside your space! One of the main benefits of indoor gardening is that you control the weather. So if you notice that your herbs are in need of more sunlight, all it takes is moving them closer to the window, or even outdoors for a few days!

With these gardening tips for seniors, it is entirely possible to keep up your gardening hobby while taking advantage of the benefits of supported living!! If you’re interested in finding out more about Glenvale Villas and what it has to offer, contact us today.