“While missing my garden, I would not miss the work. There are also many farm stands around to be able to buy fresh produce. Just being able to plant a few tomato plants and small vegs would be sufficient. Nothing backbreaking. Also, it would be nice if it was surrounded by shrubs because gardens do not always look very nice. Distance from unit would also be a consideration.”
“My garden should be accessible, ie raised, need little watering, with zone hardy plants only that give interest in all seasons. I am a fan of ornamental grasses for that reason.”
It seems that even for those who love gardening, retirement’s the time to scale back on the work involved. Your prospective neighbours at Meaford Haven have shared their ideas on gardening at this Ontario retirement community, and while roughly half of those who replied to our questions are interested in having them, the general consensus is that Meaford Haven’s garden plots remain small, easy to tend, and tucked out of the way.
“Gardening can be a beautiful thing and also a very messy thing. I would not like to see the gardening plots being part of the community common landscape, meaning I would want to have to deliberately go to that area to see them.”
Private nooks and “secret gardens” mean those who wish to get their hands in the dirt don’t need to be on display to passersby as they putter away, and those who want to simply enjoy the fruits (and flowers) of their efforts can go on a garden stroll.
Future residents who’d like to garden suggested hose spigots, rainwater collectors, orienting the beds correctly for sun exposure, and solar-powered lights for evening strolls.
“I currently garden two acres of lawn and gardens,” said one soon-to-be-retired gardener. “By the time I move from my present home I will have gardened enough for two lifetimes.” This gardener will be able to relax, and for those of you who love gardening, you’ll find your own little space.
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