Spring has finally sprung in Tennessee, says Richard Dover. Knoxville is a prime zone for spring gardening, which is an enjoyable activity for folks of all ages. Here, Dover answers questions on ways to enhance this agricultural experience for adults over age 60.
Q: What types of gardens work best for older adults who may be experiencing arthritis or other joint dysfunctions?
Richard Dover, Knoxville senior housing developer: Raised beds and vertical gardens are the ideal solution for men and women who can’t bend or kneel for extended periods. A simple raised bed can be made from railroad ties or landscape border and filled with high quality garden soil for best results. Vining vegetables, like squash and cucumber, work well when planted along a trellis or fence, where they can grow upward and within reach!