According to the National Gardening Association, gardening grew by 200 percent between 2008 and 2014. More people are opting to grow their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Not only can gardening supply your mom with fresh vegetables most of the year, it’s also a good form of exercise. There’s bending, pulling, digging, and walking involved.
Right now is the perfect time to prepare your mom’s gardens for next spring. If she doesn’t have a garden, look into lasagna gardening. Late summer and early fall are ideal for starting a lasagna garden. Here’s what you need to do to get started.
Clear Out Dead Plants and Weeds From Established Beds
Get out and help your mom pull any weeds that haven’t been removed. If she has a current garden, pull out anything that has gone by. Peas, lettuce, and spinach are likely to have stopped producing. Summer squash, winter squash, carrots, and cruciferous vegetables are likely all that’s left.
Once the dead plants and weeds are out. Cover with wet newspapers, cardboard, and grass clippings to compost over the fall and winter months.
It’s a great time to add compost. You don’t even have to compost the materials first. Pine needles, shredded leaves, and chipped branches are good additions and will compost during the winter months. In addition to compost, there are other soil additives that can be added now.
As long as you don’t live in an area near a water source, organic fertilizers can be added. Other things to add are lime, kelp meal, and bone meal.
What is Lasagna Gardening?
Lasagna gardening is an easy method for forming a new garden bed. You need to start in the late summer or fall. Place cardboard on a section of lawn you want to turn into a garden. Spray it down with a hose to thoroughly soak it. Cover that with a layer of wood shavings. Add a layer of grass clippings, compost, bagged peat moss, and manure. Cover that with newspapers or more cardboard and soak it down again.
Repeat that process until you have a few layers of cardboard/newspaper and a few layers of manure/compost/clippings. Soak the entire “lasagna” area down and let it compost together all winter long. As it settles, add more layers when needed.
As winter sets in, there are other considerations as your mom ages at home. Senior care services help her live in her home independently while not risking safety. Caregivers can make sure she has sunscreen on before going outside. They can help her dress for the weather. Transportation, meal preparation, and housekeeping are other senior care services available in most areas. Call now to learn more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Ewing, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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