When You're Too Old And Tired To Till The Soil: Well That's One Way To Do It
Categories: Tips & Tricks
An old Italian gentleman lived alone in New Jersey . He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:
Dear Vincent, I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days. Love, Paopa
A few days later he received a letter from his son.
Dear Papa, Don’t dig up that garden. That’ s where the bodies are buried. Love, Vinnie
At 4 a.m. The next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.
Dear Papa, Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances. Love you, Vinnie :)
Okay okay... here's a real story:
Low Maintenance Gardening
for Elderly and Disabled Users
Planning a Garden that's Suitable
Low maintenance gardening ideas to create a garden suitable for elderly and disabled users:
- practical considerations
- sensory stimulations
- and enjoying the garden
Just because you have the misfortune to have disabilities, or if you've got older and less mobile, it doesn't mean that you don't have the right to enjoy your garden as much as anyone else...
Or, perhaps you're designing a family garden, and want to design a garden that the whole family can enjoy...
This means Grandma and Grandpa, plus any disabled family members, too...
Here we offer design help with low maintenance gardening, and planning a garden for elderly or disabled users.
How Age and Disability can Affect Garden Enjoyment
Disabilities can be physical impairments, which might include:
- wheelchair use
- loss of mobility
- use of a walking frame, or walking stick or sticks
- impaired senses - sight, hearing
Or mental and physical disabilities which might mean the disabled person requires a safe, calm place to relax - or a place to gently stimulate the senses
Or the tiredness or lack of energy that comes with many illnesses or advancing age.