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.
“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