Gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies there is and many retirees take it up as a new adventure. It can be very satisfying to watch a seed come to life or grow your own vegetables for the first time. Although my wife dabbled a bit with gardening during her summer vacation as a teacher, she never got to serious about it before retirement. She just never had the time. Now, it’s one of her favorite activities.
There are many directions you can go in with your gardening adventures. You can just add flowers around your house, or you can move toward growing a full vegetable garden. We thoroughly enjoy the fresh herbs and spices, and you can’t beat freshly grown tomatoes or eggplants. Even if you don’t have space or a yard, there are things that you can do indoors. In fact, some garden activities need an indoor growing environment. My wife received a beautiful orchid and that is something she has enjoyed paying extra attention to. Orchids by themselves can become a lifelong passion with many gardeners specializing in growing them and even selling them for a profit. The same is true with roses.
There is plenty of information available to help you get the most out of your gardening activities especially if you have a specific interest. Many people are insistent on being totally organic and spend a great deal of time discovering how to get the healthiest plants, keep the insects away without chemicals and be good for the environment at the same time. It may take more time and effort, but organic gardening is growing in popularity.
Sadly, there are some people who would love to take up gardening but cannot go outside for health reasons. That shouldn’t stop you from taking up gardening as a hobby. Aquaponics is a science that has actually increased the output you can see from your efforts without the dirt digging and hot days in the sun. Your friends will marvel with what you’ve grown since they didn’t see you spend one day outside. If you don’t know anything about this exciting field, it’s definitely worth a look.
Gardening can be addictive, and it can lead to devoting more time and effort each year to expanding the area you’re working in. It can easily evolve into a complete landscaping project. It’s not surprising to see beautifully landscaped properties having beautiful gardens as a focal point. Attractive landscaping can add value to your home so it might be worth the time to explore some gardening and landscaping options.
Gardening can be a great way to socialize as well. My wife is part of a garden club, and they get together once a month and take on various tasks within the community. In our little town of Athens, as you enter or leave the village, the welcome sign has a nice little garden around it and the club is responsible for the upkeep of those two highly visible spots. They also maintain some flower beds by the library and post office. It’s a great way to beautify the community and socialize at the same time. They even have lecturers come in periodically to talk about subjects of interest from town history to what plants are not going to be candy for the deer.
Gardening is a great way to add enjoyment to your retirement life. It’s a way to meet people, if that’s something you would like to do, but, more importantly, it can give you projects that you look forward to doing. We greatly enjoy all the beautiful flowers around the house, all the vegetables that have become part of our dinner and look forward to new projects and growing something we’ve never grown before. Gardening is one more way to Enjoy Retired Life.