Residents can work together to plant and care for a community garden! This activity provides opportunities for physical activity, social interaction, and sensory stimulation through working with the soil, planting seeds, and watching the plants grow. Additionally, the garden can serve as a beautiful and colorful addition to the community's outdoor spaces. As a bonus, this could be a way to involve family members, as well.
- Choose a location for the community garden, or assign individual flower pots for interested residents.
- Provide the necessary gardening tools and supplies such as gloves, shovels, watering cans, pots, gardening decorations, and potting soil.
- Help residents select the plants they would like to grow, taking into consideration their preferences, level of care needed, and the climate and growing conditions of the area.
- Demonstrate the proper planting techniques, including how deep to dig the holes, how much water to use, and how frequently to water the plants.
- Encourage residents to work together, sharing tools and tips, and enjoying each other's company while they garden.
- Schedule regular check-ins to monitor the plants' progress, provide additional care as needed, and celebrate milestones such as the first flowers or vegetables harvested.
- Consider hosting a garden party or harvest festival to showcase the residents' hard work and enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor.