Time Spent With Senior Parents Gardening Activities Leads to Short-Term AND Long-Term Positives

Pink posies to put a smile on my senior moms face while going about her gardening activitiesIt's that time of year again. My senior mom has developed a love/hate relationship with her garden and the cute, funny, irritating, adorable critters who reside in it. She LOVES the birds and butterflies. They're lovely to look at, fun to watch, and eat pesky insects. She is less fond of the squirrels and the bunnies. They snitch food from her beloved Cardinals, make a racket on our roof (the squirrels do, anyway), and sneak bites out of the vegetables she is growing on her own version of "raised garden beds." Namely, pots on a table and in her garden wagons.

We've tried a variety of kind ways to shoo them off:

Marigolds and garden wagons are a big help in my senior moms gardening activities

  • Marigolds interspersed with the vegetables
  • rubber snakes from the Dollar store
  • a HUGE blow-up snake from Walmart
  • bribery, like corn on the cob in a special squirrel feeder
  • stakes and netting all around

My senior mom is trying to keep her baby plants save from cute critters like the squirrels

So far, those things have helped but not totally solved the issue. After it was too late for the Christmas season items to still be around, I read the suggestion of putting pinecones in the flower bed to discourage some critters and we thought we might try that for the bunnies and squirrels. So the minute Christmas shopping ensues, we will be lined up at Michael's to get as many pine cones as our cart and pocket book can handle. 🙂

In the meantime, my senior mom will continue to enjoy her gardening activities along with birding and butterly enjoying while sniffing constantly at the squirrels. And I will be on the look out for ways to help her enjoy all of this as independently as possible. We just bought two of the cloth hoses we discovered at Walmart. They are so light weight she can lift them easily when she needs to. And the grandkids are thrilled to watch them puff up with water so they can water the Sunflower garden she turned back over to me, not to mention our big tree.

My grandkids love my senior moms gardening hose for fun firefighter activities

Helping our senior parents keep up with their gardening is a great way to help them stay healthier – physically and emotionally. It's also a wonderful way to monitor and maintain the outside of their homes. If the time comes for them to have to downsize due to health needs, that will be hopefully be one less thing for you to have to deal with as you help them with all their real estate and health issues. How about you? Do you have any suggestions for us on critter care or gardening help for our aging parents? We'd love to hear. 

Beverly's Got tons of cute pink things each Saturday to put a smile on the face of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

Say it Saturday is a fun linkup for all of us boomers and seniors including grandparents writing about their grandkids

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social



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6 comments on “Time Spent With Senior Parents Gardening Activities Leads to Short-Term AND Long-Term Positives

I am a firm believer all seniors need to stay as active as possible as long as possible.  I love working and keeping my yard.  I still mow my yard and it is big.

I'm just about a senior myself and loved hearing about cloth hoses and your creative ways to get the most out of gardening, Kaye! I also love how you combine activities with your Mom and the grandkids as often as you can! 🙂

Joan <a href="http://www.gramcrackercrumbs.com/2013/05/me-in-kitchen.html">gramcrackercrumbs</a>

Well I've heard of the marigolds-I planted them around my strawberries one season.  I've got a whole bag of pinecones so I'm going to putting them around my tomatoes today.  God bless your Mom for her endeavors at gardening.


I loved reading about all the fun you have packed into this post! Your squirrel ideas are great, especially the "bribes" you set aside for them! Love that snake too! Also, I'm glad to see your "review" on that lightweight hose. I've seen it advertised and wondered if it was good – almost too good to be true! I think I'll get one now since I don't want to bug hubby all the time to move the heavy one for me. Enjoy your gardening and the love you're so generously sharing with your mother!

I think time spent outside in the sunshine with your fingers in the dirt is great for all of us! I am very curious to see if the pinecones will help to keep the critters away.

Me too, Kc, Can’t wait for Christmas when we can buy them AND get past this summer heat before summer has even officially started 🙂 🙂 🙂

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