Gardening in Small Places
Gardening is a wonderful pastime for all ages, and it has a number of benefitsincluding relaxation, improved fitness and the chance to gain a real sense of accomplishment from all your hard work. Many retirees who decide to join the growing number of resort-style retirement communities around Australia assume that having a smaller backyard will mean less opportunities to indulge their love of gardening. But whatever your reasons for your love of gardening, there is no need for you to stop when you move to a retirement community. In fact, you may find that not only do you have plenty of options for continuing to garden on a smaller scale long into your retirement, you also have access to wider opportunities to become involved in gardening projects in the community. Courtyards and smaller spaces Just because you have less outdoor space around your home doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy creating beautiful window boxes, courtyard gardens and even growing vegetables! Gardening in a smaller space requires a bit more creativity, but it can be just as satisfying, and the results can be a calming and beautiful ambience around your home. As an added benefit, courtyard gardens are usually lower maintenance than your typical backyard (no lawn to mow!) so you can have time to spend on other things, or just enjoy more time to relax and enjoy the results of your hard work. And if you were feeling the pressure of taking care of a bigger property, moving to a retirement community and having a smaller space to look after can give you a much-needed break, and allow you to enjoy gardening again. Courtyard and indoor gardening have become more popular in recent years, and there are plenty of resources out there to help you make the most of whatever space you have. From window boxes and planters to indoor plants and flowers, with a bit of creativity and innovation you can always add a touch of nature to your living space, even if you don’t have a big backyard. Community gardens Most Retirement Communities Australia villages, including Point Cook Village, have community gardens where residents can work together on larger gardening projects. Point Cook Village has a vegetable garden for residents to use to grow fresh produce for themselves, and to share with the rest of the community. Gardening with a like-minded group of people is a fantastic social activity and gives you the chance to share your knowledge and experience with others, and pick up a few tips along the way. At many retirement villages you can also have the chance to get involved with larger gardening projects, which can increase your scope and range of expertise as well as giving you a bit of a challenge.