Grow gracefully with these tips

Find out where to start, how to stay safe and all the benefits gardening brings.

It's important to stay safe when gardening in later life. Using the following tips will ensure you and your garden stay lively for years to come.

Our top tips

  • Using a trellis or vertical garden will alleviate the need to bend or crouch down, and you should sit on a stool to do ground-level work. Building tall raised beds that allow you to sit on the side while gardening is a good idea too.
  • Drink plenty of water and make sure you avoid the hottest times of day by gardening early in the morning, or shortly before dusk. When you are outside, keep topping up the sun cream. 
  • Using tools with longer handles wrapped in coloured tape or paint will make them easier to locate.
  • Finally, if you find yourself struggling with the gardening seek help and consider hydroponics or other indoor solutions - it's just as fun!

What are the benefits?

Gardening it great for your well-being, but for older people it brings more benefits. 

  • It's an enjoyable form of exercise.
  • Increases levels of physical activity, encouraging mobility and flexibility.
  • Improves endurance and strength.
  • Helps prevent diseases like osteoporosis.
  • Reduces stress levels and promotes relaxation.
  • Provides a new hobby and interest in nature/the outdoors.
  • Can provide nutritious, home-grown produce.

Take your gardening to the next level with these online resources

April means one thing, spring has arrived. We're getting a taste of the beautiful summer sun we a crave! So, where do you start with the garden? 

  1. Keep weeds under control.
  2. Protect fruit blossom from late frosts.
  3. Tie in climbing and rambling roses.
  4. Sow hardy annuals and herb seeds.
  5. Start to feed citrus plants.

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