Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means? It's time to dip that thumb into some green paint and pretend like we are good gardeners. Gardening can be a real pain in the back, and I don't mean from bending over and weeding for hours. Fear not, fellow green thumbs, or black thumbs, in my case. There are plenty of easy planting methods and plant choices that will keep you and your garden in bloom.
First up, let's talk about container gardening. With this method, you can plant your favorite flowers, vegetables, and herbs in pots or raised beds, which can be positioned at a comfortable height for you. There is no need to run out and buy a bunch of pots. You can use colorful containers, like old buckets or watering cans, to add a little flair to your garden. Plus, container gardening allows you to grow your plants indoors so that you can enjoy your garden all year round. So if it's not yet warm enough outside, these easily moveable containers can be started inside and moved outside, weather permitting. Make your upcycled pots small enough that you can handle them easily.
If you want to go big or go home (and have some help to construct it), consider using vertical gardening techniques. This method involves growing plants up a wall or trellis, which can save space and reduce the amount of bending and kneeling required. You can also use hanging baskets, which can be easily lifted and hung from a sturdy hook or bracket.
Let's talk about plant choices. Depending on your level of motivation and mobility, you may want to choose plants that are low-maintenance and easy to grow. Some good options include succulents, which require very little water and attention, and herbs like rosemary and thyme, which are both fragrant and tasty. You might also consider planting colorful annuals, like marigolds and petunias, which can be easily replaced every year.
Don't let limited mobility keep you from enjoying the joys of spring gardening. With these easy planting methods and plant choices, you'll be able to keep your garden blooming beautifully without breaking your back. Happy planting, seniors!
Stay tuned for pictures from our foray into flowers!