When you are actively gardening as your eyes age, there are bunches and bunches (that means "lots") of opportunities to make mistakes because you can't see.
What if you mix up fertilizer too strong and you burn the plants you apply it to? What if you cut your hand because your pruners are dull and you can't read the sharpener's instructions?
Before you start worrying about making errors, take the time to prepare for what you need to read in the yard. Make your work in the garden safer as well as easier. A very easy solution is to create alternative, readable versions of labels and instructions for your gardening work. Here's how:
First, find all the labels and instructional booklets in your garden shed.
You'll want all of the fertilizer, pesticide, and tool bottles and jars. You'll also need the "how to" guides for your tools such as electric pruners, mowers, clippers, even the handy blade sharpener for your pruning shears - anything that's written that you might want to check later.
Hint #1: Include information or instructions for things you know now but might forget when you're still going strong and puttering around at 95. Give yourself permission to forget things when you're very old and use this back-up plan for independence.
Second, type each document into your computer or tablet.
Save each file with a sensible file name, like "Spray-n-Gro Fertilizer Mix" or ""Sulfate Dust Application." Make it easy on yourself to find those files in later years.
Hint #2: Hire a neighbor's kid to do the typing. Find a teenager who lives near you and ask them to do a little work on the weekend. They could even use their own device and email the files to you when finished.
Third, get two ring binders and some plastic page protectors.
Print out those instructions in a print slightly bigger than you need for reading now. Put each label in a page protector and add it to the ring binder. Pick two different binder colors - one for fertilizers and mixes, one for tools.
Hint #3: Check the binders every few years in case you need to reprint at a larger font size for better readability. That's the value of the digital files - you can control the size of the text as you need.
Fourth, and most importantly, place these binders where they are handy for reference.
If you don't already have a handy garden shelf inside the house, such as near the back door, now's the time to install one. Keep the information away from moisture such as rain, fog or snow.
Now, pat yourself on the back for taking that small bit of time to prepare for easy working in your Elderyarding® garden.
Help yourself to stay independent by making changes before your body needs them!
Just like tools with ergonomic handles, binders with readable information about how to feed your garden, fight bugs, and adjust a garden tool say "I take care of myself and can stay safe in my aging-in-place garden."