Are you resisting changes in your garden that would make it easier to work there and to enjoy it?
Sometimes we forget that it’s OK – and downright sensible – to garden differently as we age in place. If you love flowers and have beds of perennials and annuals carefully arranged around your yard, you may still be
- Weeding and fertilizing on hands and knees
- Hauling a hose around for watering by hand or sprinkler
- Digging and dividing when the plants get crowded.
Yes, you can certainly argue that that working in the garden is great exercise and loosens arthritic joints so they benefit from movement. And you get your daily dose of Vitamin D from all that sunlight. But it’s time to check in with the sensible side of yourself.
Spend more time cherishing your garden and less time doing garden chores – consider a shift to containers.
Containers have infinite appeal for the ageless gardener due to their flexibility.
- Move them around. Rotate colors throughout the seasons. When annuals stop blooming, move them out of the spotlight and feature another plant just starting its glorious display for attention.
- Use them for perennials, shrubs, and small trees, too.
- Get splashes of spring or fall color by adjusting container soil to suit special plants even if their toes turn up at the alkalinity, or acidity, in your yard.
- Put containers in just the right spots for viewing from the perfect window, if your health is putting a hitch in your get-along.
- Enjoy fragrant memories or the soft fuzzy feel of special leaves by making containers accessible even when your yard isn’t.
- Mix and match colors and container types for your weather – plastic, resin, wood, unglazed or glazed clay, concrete, even metal.
Central Texas enjoyed one of those odd spring-in-January weekends that we get every so often at the end of this month. I just had to get outside and begin messing about with containers. Those from last year were already scrubbed and ready for new potting soil. So we put together just a few self-watering containers for the early spring veggie garden – red potatoes and sugar snap peas.
Here are a few photos of the containers.
These have wheels to slide them around, a grate that sits above the water reservoir, and a floating indicator to check on water level.
What’s one plant you could put into a container this year so you can put your feet up while you watch it grow? Let me know!