Spring Gardening Ideas for Retirement Communities in Columbus Ohio

Our best tips for incorporating a garden into your life no matter where you live!


Spring has arrived at Sage Park Memory Care and Transitional Assisted Living, and that means there is no better time to get your hands dirty (literally) and enjoy all of the fantastic benefits gardening has to offer! From aiding in relaxation to improving mood, and even offering a form of physical activity, gardening has more benefits than just growing fruits and vegetables. Today we are going over a few great gardening techniques for those of you with limited space, as well as offering up ideas of some excellent beginner crops to get you started. Keep reading for more!

Window Herb Garden

If you are interested in growing your own herbs or produce but are lacking in space, a windowsill garden is a perfect option for you! All you will need are a few small pots, potting soil, seeds, and a sunny windowsill. While the process is fairly straightforward, we use this beginner’s guide here to ensure that your windowsill garden flourishes this spring!

A windowsill garden is perfect for people in apartments, homes with limited yard space, and is a favorite here at Sage Park because they’re so much fun. Not sure which herbs to start with? A few of our favorites are:

  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Oregano

Small Standing Raised Beds

Another great option when low on space is standing raised beds. These are perfect for yielding a small crop of vegetables, herbs, or even flowers! If you live in an area with a small outdoor space, an elevated garden bed is a great way to emulate that outdoor growing experience while still providing storage space underneath. You can find pre-built options, a do-it-yourself kit, or even create your own design for these garden beds. A few great options for planting in this small garden include:

  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Fresh herbs

In-Ground Garden

A great option if you have lots of space (and don’t mind tilling up your yard) is an in-ground garden plot. This option provides the most space and variety for planting options and gives you the option to grow larger produce. While it does require a bit of labor upfront to till the ground and get it ready for planting, it is a fun way to get some movement in and invest in your garden. A few of our favorite options to grow in this larger garden include:

  • Watermelon
  • Butternut squash
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Green beans

Potted Plants

The last option for becoming a plant parent combines the idea of the windowsill garden with the small raised beds. Again for those of you working with limited space but looking for an outdoor option, outdoor pots are a great way to grow both flowers and produce without needing much space or preparation. This setup is perfect for growing an abundance of herbs, peppers, tomatoes, and especially for flowers!

Our residents and team members here at Sage Park Memory Care and Transitional Assisted Living enjoy working in our community garden, especially as the weather begins to warm. We love learning and working alongside our residents to help tend to the plants and enjoy the relaxing act of gardening itself.

For more information on our community amenities and activities, or to schedule a tour of Sage Park, reach out to our incredible team!

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