Gardening in the Golden Years: Part 1

Tim Watt  |  August 11, 2011

Woman in gardenIt's the summer. The weather is nice, the plants are in bloom and you finally have the chance to enjoy the great outdoors. Getting out in the sun can not only be a relaxing way to spend the day, it can also be healthier than sitting inside watching TV.

If you're feeling adventurous, why not use the weather to your advantage and start a garden? You can choose to do it alone or if you live in an independent living community, get a group of friends together to help.

The Kalamazoo Gazette recommends starting out by deciding what you want to plant - flowers, vegetables or a little bit of everything? Some community gardens are split into specific plots to keep things organized.

When you choose a patch of land, look for one that gets about six to eight hours of sunlight a day. If the garden is not in your own yard, make sure that the land owner will allow you to have access to the soil for at least three years.

Don't forget the technical details, either - from installing sprinkler systems to protecting the plants from pests, security is an important part to any garden, because otherwise you risk having all your bulbs eaten before they get a chance to sprout. 

Look for additional gardening tips in Parts 2 and 3 of this series!

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