Indoor Herb Gardens – How Do You Get Your Mom Started?
Gardening is a beneficial hobby for any senior. You want to get your mom active in gardening, but her mobility issues keep her from going outside. The yard simply isn’t level enough for her to go outside with her walker. Have you considered bringing a garden inside?
Indoor herb gardens are easy to grow and maintain. Set up on a table in front of a window or on a window sill, your mom will easily reach her plants. We can help you get started.
What You Need to Buy
Buy several terra cotta or decorative planter pots and make sure they have the saucer included. You need the saucer to keep water from leaking onto the furniture, window sill, or floor. People have also grown herbs successfully in recycled aluminum cans that they spray paint in favorite colors and mason jars.
You’ll also need a bag of potting soil and some seeds or starter plants. Seeds are the most affordable way to go, but starter plants are already established and are ready to use right from the start. When starting an herb garden, ask your mom for input on her favorite herbs. Most beginning gardeners go with basil, chives, cilantro, mint, oregano, and parsley.
Fill each planter pot with soil and add the starter plant or seeds. Make sure the herbs are watered regularly. If your mom has her herbs in the kitchen window, the spray nozzle from the sink makes watering easy. Otherwise, a small watering can is an easy way to keep plants watered.
You may find mold growing on the soil. This is easily solved by keeping a small spray bottle that has a mix of 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. When mold appears on the soil, spray it with this hydrogen peroxide mix.
Maintaining the Herbs
Your mom should use kitchen shears to trim any flowers that are trying to form on herbs. It encourages new growth and bushier plants. When herbs are needed, kitchen shears can be used, but it’s just as easy to snap off the number of leaves needed.
When your mom’s mobility is an issue, she will need help around the house. Avoid family caregiver burnout by having someone to help her throughout the week. An elder care professional can come to her home, help her with light housework and laundry, while also providing much-needed companionship. A caregiver can also help her incorporate her newly grown herbs into daily meals.
If you or an aging senior in your life are considering homecare in Newport Beach, CA, please contact the caring staff at In Home Care Solutions today. Call (949) 250-0125 to speak with our caring staff.
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