Aging Well in Waldo County Garden Helpers are here!
AWWC’s Garden Helpers are back for the 2023 season! Aging Well in Waldo County again will be offering light garden help for our elder residents.
Examples of the kinds of services available:
- filling a planter
- starting a raised bed
- adding bagged potting soil
- tidying up a flower bed or flower boxes
- planting some seedlings
Homeowners requesting help must be able to furnish the supplies (although the garden helper can do a pickup on your behalf at a local garden center).
The homeowner must also be able to water and maintain the project.
Garden helpers will bring their own tools.
In the past, AWWC has had inquiries about seniors needing this sort of help, and so the idea was spawned when an eager master gardener came along.
Michele Carrier-Clinch, of Thorndike, is a Master Gardener, (MGV).
Michele is the initiator of this program.
Michele will help senior citizens who love to garden maintain some of the joys of a homegrown tomato, or blooming seasonal flowers.
To learn if this service fits your needs, or if you would like to volunteer, call or email:
- phone: 207-218-0207 (Please leave a message about your request.)
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele will return your call or email.
On a fine spring morning, two women appeared at my house as scheduled. They arrived with gardening tools, knowledge, and enthusiasm. They introduced themselves as garden helpers from the Waldo County Aging Well Program and immediately began a delightful, fulfilling experience that lasted all summer.
We talked briefly about my plan, and they added their ideas and helpful suggestions and got to work. They dug, augmented the soil, and planted. (pictures to follow). In two hours they completed my two garden sites with tomatoes, beans, and more beans and flowers in one site, and the other was planted with lettuce, spinach, and zucchini. Leaving me with a plan to add other vegetables as I wished.
Though I am somewhat handicapped they made me a partner. I felt as if I was part of a team. We shared knowledge and information and planned future connections.
I so appreciated their help, expertise, and the fun of working with such delightful, knowledgeable women. I think of this experience as my SUMMER GARDEN PARTY.
addendum: My harvest was spectacular!