Thomas Jefferson once said, “But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.” It was no secret that he and many others enjoyed gardening later in life. As a hobby, it can provide a sense of peace and have a positive effect on a person’s mood and outlook. As April is National Garden Month, now is a great time to look to gardening as a new activity (or rejuvenate an old hobby).
1. Use a Rolling Garden Cart
Coming in under $50, a hard plastic garden cart can be a great investment. It can act as storage and as a carrying vessel for garden tools, seeds, fertilizer, water and other necessities. Once in the garden area, many can be used as a seat or bench while working. Using it in that manner can help eliminate sore knees and lessen back strain.
2. Know When to Ask for Help
Attempting to carry a fifty-pound bag of fertilizer can easily cause an unnecessary injury. This is a time to ask a family member, friend, in-home caregiver, or neighbor for assistance. There are many teenage boys and girls more than willing to give a quick hand. Don’t be afraid to ask.
3. Find the Right Tools
Most tool companies have conducted a great deal of research on ergonomics. Modern gardening tools stress comfort during use as a key selling point. But don’t buy a tool merely because it says “comfort grip” or “ergonomically friendly”. The tool should be tested in the store, mimicking the movements used in the garden.
4. Garden Smart
To avoid the heat of the day, do the majority of the gardening in the early morning or the evening. A portion of the garden cart should be reserved for comfort items. Insect repellent is a must to protect against mosquito bites and the more serious tick bites. A bottle of repellent containing DEET should be kept in the garden cart and sprayed before working. Likewise, sun block with SPF 30 or higher should be kept in the cart and used. Bottled drinking water is another must.
Following just a few common sense rules can allow the modern senior to experience the same joy in gardening as Jefferson did. Take precaution and enjoy the outdoor air while making something grow.
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