Gardening has always been a beloved pastime for many seniors, and it doesn’t have to stop when they transition to aged care. In fact, it can become an even more enjoyable and communal activity.
One creative and eco-friendly way to keep the gardening spirit alive in aged care is by gardening with succulents. Not only is it a fantastic way to connect with nature, but it’s also an opportunity to repurpose old crockery and bring a touch of whimsy to the garden. So, let’s dive into the world of succulents and discover how to create a thriving succulent garden in an aged care setting.
The Thrill of Gardening in Aged Care
Many seniors have a love for gardening. Whether in aged care or elsewhere, gardening with succulents offers a delightful way for seniors to reconnect with nature and nurture their green thumbs.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies and Crockery
A really great activity to do with everyone is to collect old crockery from op shops and goodwill stores. Scouring thrift stores for unique and colorful planters is not only eco-conscious but also adds a dash of creativity to the garden.
Step 2: Set Up Your Gardening Space
Now that you’ve collected your crockery, it’s time to create a gardening space that suits everyone’s needs. Find a large table area and cover it with newspaper or a large drop sheet to catch any soil spillage. Old, oversized spoons make fantastic makeshift spades, ensuring that everyone can participate regardless of their mobility.
Step 3: Let the Planting Begin
With everything set up, it’s time for the fun part! Encourage our seniors to sit comfortably, including those in wheelchairs, so they can fully engage in the gardening experience. Each person can choose their crockery container, fill it with potting mix, and then get creative by placing succulent cuttings in their chosen container.
Step 4: Nurturing and Enjoyment
Residents take turns caring for the plants until Annual Fete. Some residents would like to keep the occasional plant for their room, while the majority are sold at Annual Fete, which is always a sell-out and a great money maker. This activity not only brings joy but also contributes to the community and facility’s well-being.
In the end, gardening with succulents not only keeps the gardening spirit alive but also blossoms into a community-building activity that benefits everyone involved. And who knows, you might just discover that the secret to a thriving aged care facility is a pinch of potting mix and a whole lot of succulent love! Happy gardening!