If you take care of a loved one that enjoys gardening, there is no greater joy than doing SOMETHING in the garden.
Even if it is just sitting and enjoying the plants, watching a butterfly flit by, or feeling a breeze on your face.
Here is a list of tips and simple tasks in the garden that a senior gardener might enjoy:
- Plant a patio sensory garden.
- Fill small bottles with water for watering plants.
- Water plants. Especially water any new plants that may have been planted.
- Add compost or fertilizer to fertilize soil in patio pots.
- Plant herbs to use in cooking.
- Plant annuals for the spring and summer.
- Plant seeds and watch them grow each day.
- Dead head any flowers heads that are spent.
- Make garden markers for remembering.
- Pick any herbs or vegetables when ready.
- Plant grass seed in pots with the grand kids. Then give the grass seed a hair cut.
- Fill bird feeders when bird food is low.
- Watch the activity of bird houses to see if any new birds or babies appear.
- Obtain a bird book for the back patio.
- Caregivers can take pictures of plants that mom or dad may not have access to.
- Journal or photograph your garden. Post them to a social media page.
- Decorate a garden hat for wearing in the garden.
- Make garden beads.
- Sweep the porch.
- Obtain a sturdy chair for mom or dad to sit in.
- Find a nice shady area to sit or work in.
- If your loved one enjoys the sun, have sunscreen available.
- Make a search of the patio and garden areas for safety issues where your loved one may go. Fix or remove anything unsafe.
- See The Senior Gardeners Toolbox for more tips.