Gardening in Retirement Years
Retirement is a time of life when it becomes possible to do many of the things you always wanted to do. For many retirees, gardening is a passion that they were not able to fully explore while a part of the working world. For others, it is something they decided to give a try as a way to spend time now that they no longer have to get up and go to a job. Whichever way you came into the world of gardening, this is one area that offers a lot to the retired person.
Gardening is the perfect retirement hobby for just about anyone, whether they are mobile or semi-mobile. The three biggest considerations for any retiree when taking up gardening are:
Cost of Gardening as a Retirement Hobby
- How much will it cost?
- What to grow
- And whether you want to plant indoors or outdoors or even both
Gardening is relatively inexpensive and will not seriously impact those living on a fixed income. In fact, in many instances, all you will need are seeds and a few standard tools. In some cases you may get seedlings and young plants from other gardeners in your area or from gardening clubs for retirees.
Benefits of Gardening
Gardening provides a lot of benefits to retirees. Some of these include:
What to Grow
Gardening is a great form of exercise for anyone. Best of all, it does not put much stress on joints. In fact it is often referred to as a gentle exercise.
For those persons who find it difficult to bend or kneel there are now tools and equipment that will make it easier. If bending or kneeling is not possible, you can still plant in window boxes and containers.
- Therapeutic benefits
The sheer pleasure of gardening can have great therapeutic value to retirees and senior citizens. Apart from reaping fruits and vegetables you have grown yourself, some retirees take great joy in seeing their flowers bloom and bring color to any space. Others love to be able to share what they have grown with others.
- A source of income
Yes, many retirees find that a retirement hobby can actually turn into another career or income earner. Gardening can be a source of additional income to retirees in many ways. Some gardeners who have retired have found that event planners will rent the plants to use as decoration.
Some retirees who plant vegetables or fruits may find that the surplus they have can be sold to others who want to be sure their fruits and vegetables are fresh.
The choice of what to grow when you take up gardening while retired depends on the space you have available, the amount of money you can spend and how physical you can get.
If space is not a problem, you may want to consider planting grapes whether to eat or to make wine. If you take this route, there is lots of information available on the net and in published material on growing grapes as a hobby.
If you love birds and butterflies, you may want to plant flowers or flowering plants that attract these winged friends to your garden.
If you enjoy planting things but find that you have no outdoor space or you have limited mobility, you still have choices concerning what to plant. Almost any type of vegetable can be grown in containers, both indoors and outdoors.
How to Make Gardening Safe
It is important to observe some rules to make sure that your gardening hobby is safe. As such you should ensure that you wear gloves, and if working outdoors be sure to use sunscreen and wear a broad brimmed hat to protect yourself from the sun.
Treat accidental cuts and bruises immediately to avoid them getting infected.
Make sure to clean and store all your gardening tools and equipment in a safe place where they are easy to reach when you need them.
Retirement gardening can be a hobby that anybody can enjoy. Whether you choose to grow fresh vegetables, or beautiful flowers we know you will find retirement gardening to be an enjoyable way to spend your retirement years.
Thank you to Jessica McCurdy Crooks for this "Retirement Gardening" article.