Gardening and Seniors

Why Gardening Is Especially Beneficial for Seniors

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Gardening has many therapeutic properties and other benefits that may help us mentally and physically as we age. The Stratford County Master Gardeners Association shares some of the many reasons why people of all ages (especially seniors) are getting into the habit of gardening.

It can help to improve the immune system

While being active in the dirt doesn’t necessarily sound like an attractive idea to many, dirt may actually end up having more immune-boosting properties than you might think. According to research, the Mycobacterium vaccae has anti-inflammatory properties and can even help to alleviate stress.

Gardening can help to reduce stress and anxiety

Gardening can be compared to exercising, in a sense, especially when it comes to de-weeding, replanting, and trimming plants of various shapes and sizes. Furthermore, where there is exercise involved, you can be sure that those feel-good endorphins will be released to help reduce any feelings of tension or anxiety you may be experiencing.

Also, if you are a business owner, gardening can help to reduce your stress levels significantly because it forces you to take time out of your day for yourself. This is helpful if you have difficulty setting boundaries when you need time off to refresh mentally, physically, and emotionally. Furthermore, you may even learn an interesting fact or two regarding protecting your garden from pesky insects by installing a garden cloche, for example.

Gardening can help to boost your mood

Because most gardens are outdoors, you’ll get more sunlight and fresh air, which can help you think clearer. Furthermore, sunlight provides extra serotonin, which is a natural mood booster if you are feeling a bit blue.

Steps to starting your own garden

If you are interested in gardening, starting your own garden may be worthwhile to test out what your green fingers are truly capable of. Here’s how:

Start with easier plants

Start with plants that are easy to grow and don’t require that much attention, such as a daffodils, impatiens, or hydrangeas. The Spruce has an excellent list of outdoor plants that are easy for new gardeners to grow.

Keep track of your plant’s progress

While gardening might seem like it’s not an exact science, it requires attention to detail to ensure that you are watering your chosen plant adequately and giving it the correct soil to thrive in. Therefore, it may be helpful to research the different soil preparation methods specific to your plant to give you a more accurate idea of what works and what doesn’t. Moreover, it may be helpful to jot down or take pictures of your plant’s progress to determine if it is growing as healthily as it should.

Protect the area

Lastly, you want to ensure that your garden is protected by a fence or something similar to prevent it from being trampled on and ruined before it has even had a chance to grow properly.

Speaking of taking pictures…

Suppose you have completed the garden of your dreams, and you believe it could enhance your property’s value significantly, then pictures will be a good way to help quantify the investment you made if you believe it could have an impact on the selling price of your property.

Certainly, gardening is a hobby worth doing if you want to experience leisure time at its best while looking after your mental health at the same time too.


Strafford County Master Gardeners Association, part of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, is forty+ gardeners strong, educating through gardening in Strafford County New Hampshire.
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2 Responses to Gardening and Seniors

  1. Oddment says:

    You forgot to mention what cool people gardeners are and how much fun it is to get to know them.

    Liked by 1 person

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