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Seniors Dig Gardening

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM
 
Spring is the time of year when green thumbs appear along with violas, pansies, daffodils, crocus and other colorful plantings. 
 
Research conducted by Texas A&M and Texas State Universities, suggests that, gardening is a healthy hobby.  “A combination of moderate physical activity and increased consumption of fruit and vegetables has been reported to dramatically reduce an adult’s risk for many chronic diseases.” Besides walking, gardening has been reported as “the second most common leisure activity” among the 65 and up crowd.
 
If you’d like to exercise your “green thumb” but, find the idea of tilling a portion of your backyard a bit daunting, try creating a window box, planting a mini herb garden or nurturing vegetable plants in containers made from old tires, flower pots, coffee cans and other common household items. Frankly almost anything can be turned into a container for gardening, just be sure to make drainage holes in the bottom of the container.
 
These simple ideas will brighten your day and your environment.
 
Here's to living lively, Jane

Categories: Activities for Seniors

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