By Missy Athmer, Dvegetable-basketirector of Marketing – It’s spring! And that means it’s time to grab a trowel and plant some seeds on a sunny day!

Gardening is a wonderful way to re-connect and build on relationships with a loved one who has dementia. Although a large vegetable garden may be too much to manage, patio container gardens seem to be an ideal solution.

Planters are a great way to bring nature onto your patio or even up high on your balcony. Pots come in a variety of styles and sizes, and they can enhance or fit into a small space. While you ponder your pot vegetable garden or floral paradise, here are a few things to consider.

You may want to purchase plastic or fiberglass garden pots. They are more affordable and easy to maintain, plus they come in a variety of colors and sizes. Just be sure to provide proper drainage so the plant roots don’t drown. You can cluster the pots around your patio or balcony to create touches of color and lush greenery. Along with the flowers, you can plant some vegetables and maybe even some herbs! Who doesn’t like the taste of fresh leaf lettuce or a juicy ripe tomato?

Don’t forget to consider how much shade and the sun your area will receive before deciding on what types of plants you’d like to grow. If possible, add some furniture so you can relax and enjoy your miniature oasis. Let your loved one help plant and harvest. Then create a favorite dish or clip a few flowers for your dining room table. Your loved one will have a sense of accomplishment. The sights, smells, and tastes will evoke memories or emotions about the past, giving you both something to enjoy and talk about! Now get growing!!