By T.C. Connor
The Write Gardener
Some, if not most, of y’all are baby boomers like myself, but it’d be naive of me to think that we’re all equally physically fit. You might be more or less capable of hoeing five rows of corn than other cotton-top gardeners, and I might be less or more capable of hand pulling weeds from a 5’ x 10’ flower bed than those same cotton-toppers. But I think we can all agree that our love for gardening is equally strong.
Personally, I’ve noticed a decrease in stamina and strength as I’ve gotten older. Or maybe it’s just these northeast winters taking their toll. Having said that, I think it would be a good idea to start thinking about how I might adjust a few things in the garden to make it a little easier. There is a way to lessen physical strains that gardening sometimes brings as one gets older: The “Home Enabling Garden.”
Sixty million people in the U.S. are suffering from disabilities, and a lot of them are probably gardeners. I would also guess many of these folks had to quit gardening. Maybe it was due to limits placed on them by their aging bodies, or perhaps it was due to the garden not being as accessible as it once was. The first problem, the aging process, cannot be altered, but the second problem can be addressed, and should be.
The first thing you need to consider is your needs and abilities. What type of gardening do you want to do? How much time do have? Do you use a wheelchair, cane, or walker? Do you tire easily? Do you need to take special precautions when bending and/or kneeling? There are several things you can do to make your garden more easily accessible, so you should start by identifying all of your special considerations.
By T.C. Connor
Trio of GCHS alums serve together as officers
CDR Raymond Batz, MC, USN, wing surgeon, Second Marine Aircraft Wing (2d MAW) and 1988 graduate of Grove City Area High School and 1992 graduate of Grove City College, was surprised to find two other GCHS graduates -- Lt. Col. Bill 'Kelvin' Sauerland and Lt. Ian Uber -- among the officers of 2d MAW on the same base near Havelock, N.C., often at the same meeting.
Sonny Myers reopens auto shop
After a devastating fire last year that took the livelihood out of Sonny Myers of Myers Auto Repair, he has reopened to do inspections and mechanical work.
Learn to keep well water safe
Registration is now open for free National Ground Water Association webinars to help household water well owners keep their water safe.
The toll-free private well owner hotline at 855-420-9355. There are free online well owner lessons on www.WellOwner.org about a variety of topics relating to water wells, including water quality.
Polar plunge helps charities; bike winners announced
Freezin’ for a Reason attracted hundreds of plungers and spectators at the Allegheny River as part of the 8th annual Parker Polar Bear Club Plunge on New Year’s Day.
Double feature: Cash mob helps Guthrie
The Guthrie Theatre was cash mobbed on Saturday, Dec. 21, when 16 adults and 2 kids gathered at 10:30 a.m. at the Grove City Chamber of Commerce and then proceeded to the historic Broad Street theater
GC class celebrates 50th with teachers, plan scholarship/gift
The Grove City High School class of 1963 celebrated their 50th anniversary of graduation with a weekend packed with activities for all classmates and their spouses to enjoy.
Olde Town, GJR accepting donations for Sculpture Signage Project
Currently, six sculptures stand on Broad and South Center streets, designating parking for incoming visitors. Every year Olde Town collects donations from Olde Town businesses and the community.
Pipes and drums
Commencing with the rich “skirling” of bagpipes, The Grove City Historical Society hosted the final seminar of the 2013 season, “Fifty Years of Pipes and Drums”
Dorothy Henderson celebrates 97th birthday
Dorothy Mae McCandless Henderson, of Grove Manor, 435 N. Broad St., Grove City, who has lived in the borough since 1978, recently celebrated her 97th birthday.
Because National Down Syndrome Awareness Month is a celebration of special people, Polly Lindh put up a display at Beans on Broad to let others know that there are several in the community “rockin’ an extra chromosome.”
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