Raised Bed Gardening for Seniors

Raised Bed Gardening for Seniors

Now the fact that we are in retirement and deciding to take things easy, does not mean that we need to stop our gardening habits, on the contrary, in fact its quite the opposite. We have done our bit for our country and now its time to find some new challenges and where better than to spend some of our free time, than out back in our backyard or back garden. We may or may not have been doing some gardening all along and if we were, so its a case of more of the same and some extra, perhaps. However some people, on the otherhand, may never had a graden and wish to do so on the advent of their retirement and I seriously could’nt recommend a better, healthier or more relaxing hobby than to take up gardening. How about raised bed gardening for starters, I’m sure this will appeal to lots of people, more so than the traditional open ground gardening as we knew it.

 

Where do we start;

 

The best advise I could give here is to begin our gardening challenges with some raised beds, as this system will definitely make the work a lot more interesting and also less labour intensive. The interest that this type of over-ground gardening system has created has not abated over time and will continue to intrigue, for decades to come. To create or construct a raised bed frame is not overly difficult and we can if we wish, purchase these raised beds over the internet. Alternatively, we can assemble and build these ( with a little advise or help ) to our own liking, size, shape and most importantly of all, to what height we would like. To have an elevated or higher than usual raised garden will be most welcome, now that we have moved on in years, we may not be as nimble as we were before and sometimes we can find it difficult to kneel or stoop for long periods without experiencing pains and aches all over. I am specifically talking about having these beds at least 2ft in height and possibly up to 3ft in some cases and all of this of course, will prevent us from having to kneel or stoop and will create a better and friendlier atmosphere for our gardening chores.

 

 

 

 

Plan as we progress;

 

Before we start, its a good idea to sketck out on a piece of paper a plan of what or how we would like our raised garden beds to be. Outline where we would like to locate these beds out back, always taking into consideration the need to select a sunny location, we need to keep these as near to our homes as much as possible and we also need to take into acccount if one of these bed frames will be sufficient for our needs, ie, should we need more of these as we go forward, leave room or consider further expansion. We can and should adapt to suit our needs when considering erecting and assembling a modified raised garden bed. By focusing a little attention to these small details will benefit us greatly for this hobby or new found occupation and will make life a lot easier and more enjoyable as we progress into this project.

Carry on gardening;

 

Now that we have established all of the initial requirements and we have selected where we would like to locate these raised garden beds, there is nothing left to do except to make the bold move and begin our new career path. By hiring a local tradesperson or contractor will always be a help, as they are familiar with the ins and outs of an undertaking of this nature. They will add their own advise and offer greatly welcomed suggestions, I have no doubt, as they would be doing work like this on a regular basis.

 

 

 

Be observant and diligent;

 

We need to be very observant, diligent and careful while out gardening, especially if we are living in a very hot climate. It goes without saying we should take precautions if its very hot, ie, wear suncream and have head protection on us at all times, drink plenty water and be especially mindful of working in the extreme mid-day heat etc etc. It is so important to be health and safety conscious in this envoirnment, I would suggest that we never go out gardening alone, if we can, or at least tell someone where we intend to be for the next few hours. When our chores and tasks are complete in the garden it is so important to store away all of our tools and working implements, never leave lying around for fear of tripping over these…these suggestions are meerly meant to be good house-keeping rules. The important overriding priority is that we enjoy our gardening experiences and create a sense of fullfilment, that will fill the vacuum left by our recent retirement. I know from listening to several people who retired recently, that they experienced a major culture shock to their systems and it took some time to adjust to their new way of like. This gardening project will certainly tick all of the boxes for us on this occasion and will endeavour to give us a new lease of life. I hope you have found this article interesting and if so, please use the comments box below to contact us.

Happy gardening to all who try and succeed.

Cheers………Phil Browne.

 

“A garden should make you feel you’ve entered privileged space —

a place not just set apart but reverberant —

and it seems to me that, to achieve this,

the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape,

turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”
― Michael Pollan

 


 

7 thoughts on “Raised Bed Gardening for Seniors

  1. This is a great article! I can’t wait to get some land and build my own raised bed gardens.
    The color you used on the ones in the picture, is it a weather proof paint?
    I would love to have one for veggies, one for berries, and one for herbs!

    1. Hi there

      Many thanks for feedback comments, very much appreciated. The website image is not one of mine, rather one from another source. I’m glad that you liked the concept and best wishes on your gardening adventures.

      Cheers and thanks for stopping by.

      Phil Browne

  2. I really enjoyed reading about raised beds. I love the idea that they are less labor intense. It seems they are a winner in all aspects. I also never even thought about the added height from the ground. I’m thinking about doing one this spring. Thanks for the great advice. Gary

    1. Hi there Gary

      Many thanks for stopping by, I am sure gald that you like the idea of raised beds for your gardening purposes as it definitely makes life easier. The idea of heightened or elevated raised bed frames will also help and makes gardening more enjoyable. It all means we have less kneeling and bending, when attending to our gardening chores and tasks.

      Less maintenance is an added bonus and the returns are estimated to be 20-25% greater than if we were using the familiar open ground system as before.

      Thanks again for your great feedback.

      Happy gardening to you this spring

      Cheers.Phil Browne

  3. Hi Phil,
    I was attracted to your post as I recently took up gardening as a pastime and I’m always looking at different and new ways of doing things.
    I’ve never heard of raised beds so I’m glad I came across your post.
    Do the beds come in different materials?. I have some aloe plants and for fear of over-watering them and killing them, I have placed them in terracotta pots which I have been told has some water content which the aloe can draw from as and when needed. I would love to plant my aloes in a raised bed.
    Thanks
    Jackie

    1. Hi there Jacqueline,
      Many thanks for stopping by and I’m glad that you found this post useful and informative. Raised bed gardening is a relatively new system of gardening, that people have been using a lot recently. Its a great idea in that we can make the gardening more enjoyable, more fun and as a result its less labor intensive. We have less maintenance and less weeding to contend with and the returns and yielsds are much better than the old open ground system that we have been using all along. The raised beds that I have been promoting on this website are predominantly timber/wood, but there are others made from steel or galavanise, but these are much more expensive.
      As far as the Aloe Vera Plants are concerned, its much safer to plant these in terracotta pots or containers, the simple reason being, you can move them around as you wish, depending on weather conditions, ie, too much rain,sun etc etc.
      Hoping this helps to answer your queries.
      Thanks again for dropping by,
      Cheers and happy gardening………….Phil Browne

  4. Hi Phil,
    I was attracted to your post as I recently took up gardening as a pastime and I’m always looking at different and new ways of doing things.
    I’ve never heard of raised beds so I’m glad I came across your post.
    Do the beds come in different materials?. I have some aloe plants and for fear of over-watering them and killing them, I have placed them in terracotta pots which I have been told has some water content which the aloe can draw from as and when needed. I would love to plant my aloes in a raised bed.
    Thanks
    Jackie

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