Gardening may seem like a hobby that’s out of reach if you have a chronic illness. But with some careful planning and some strategies, you can reap the myriad benefits of cultivating a garden, from adding some light exercise to your routine to enjoying the freshest food possible. Ready to get started? Read on for our strategies for gardening with a chronic illness.
#1: Consider What You’d Most Like to Grow
It’s easy to get carried away when you start looking at all the things you could grow, and fair warning, it only seems to get worse every year you have a garden! But if this is your first year gardening (ever, or since you’ve been diagnosed), you may want to start smaller. Think about what you’d most enjoy growing, whether it’s tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs or even flowers.
#2: Consider Your Limitations
Now that you’ve got your list of plants, you can start thinking about how to manage them with your particular set of challenges. The internet is full of great ideas for unique planting methods, from raised beds, to container/bag gardens, to vertical planting. Some planting methods are better suited to some kinds of plants, but many of the most popular plants can be grown in less traditional ways. You can also start with seedlings rather than seeds to get a headstart.
#3: Enlist Help to Get Started
Here’s perhaps the hardest part of starting a garden: ask for help. Once you have your garden set up, you may be able to handle most of the tasks yourself. But setting up raised beds or filling pots with soil can require more energy or strength than you might have. Enlisting the help of a friend, family member, or even a green-thumbed neighbor will ensure your garden gets off on the right foot.
#4: Add Garden Maintenance to Your Routine
There’s really just one thing that needs to happen every day for your garden — watering. If you’re using a raised bed, a soaker hose can make it easy to water your garden without lugging a watering can around. If you do need to use a watering can, choose a time of day when you have the most energy. Plants really aren’t too picky about when they get their water as long as they get it.
#5: Enjoy the Harvest
Once your plants start producing, you’ll get to enjoy the best part of gardening: reaping what you’ve sown! If you have some physical challenges that make harvesting your food difficult, this is another great time to enlist help, especially if you offer to share your bounty. Take notes about what worked and what didn’t work for your garden so you can improve your processes next year too.
Take Care of Yourself with IVX Health
Just like a garden requires care and attention, so does your health! If IV infusions are a part of your health plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at IVX Health. IVX Health makes it possible for you to get your treatment and engage in self-care with a spa-like environment and the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date! It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.
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