Tech Tips for Retirees

For retirees interested in learning more, making life easier and staying connected with distant friends and family.

Get Ready to Garden

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Yes, these are last year’s magnolia’s. Michigan is still knee-deep in snow. But the sun is warm even on the chilliest days, so we are beginning to have the hope that there will be another spring. Therefore, it is not too soon to begin planning for a fabulous garden.

There are now any number of gardening apps, with several different purposes, and my original plan was to present the best of the best, but I was unable to discover a truly impressive one. There are several that will keep records of your plantings, but those records will be lost when you change devices. The ones that profess to assist with design seem to be mostly photos…no need to waste space on that. There are a number of wallpapers, games and puzzles featuring gardening which might be fun if you have time to be bored.

The best time I’ve found for gardening is to do a search for gardens and snoop around some beautiful backyards, and then to go to with your fresh ideas. Burpee has a wealth of informative articles and assistance for finding plants that will work in your climate and soil. They have beautiful new varieties every year, and, best of all, you can order some to try out. Gardening and shopping! Then we all have to go for a walk and enjoy that sun.


Author: Marci

Having first retired from social work in 2008, I've now had time to work through seasons of all play, and seasons of part-time work, while I figured out how best to make use of my "golden" years. The internet provides so much assistance in finding unlimited ideas related to finances, hobbies, travel and staying healthy, but I soon found my passion in quilting. The vast array of techniques have resulted in seeing inspiration everywhere, and practice is always rewarded with improved skills. Of course, grandchildren and family still get priority, but I see this as a pursuit that will remain interesting into my old age.

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